So, the religious people of the day grunted to each other about the (unsavory) company Jesus was keeping. So… he tells three parables, three stories to lovingly, but definitively, show just how far they are from the Father’s heart…
The first story about the lost sheep made clear the Father’s deep, passionate sense of urgency when one of his children wanders away. Substituting children/grandchildren for sheep, it was made overwhelmingly clear – as you and I wouldn’t casually walk away from a missing child or grandchild, so, the Father’s heart longs for his children to be by his side… It’s all there in Luke 15.
This week, Jesus’ second story to the audible grumblers is about a woman who loses a coin – one worth about a day’s wages. It’s a story about being thorough, careful and focused on the search. It’s a story about experiencing joy and sharing it with good friends when recovered.
It’s our story at Peace. It’s our story as God’s own children in Jesus. It’s our story with fellow humans. The Coast Guard spends millions of dollars annually rescuing the stranded. Our heavenly Father has spent the life of his Son searching for and redeeming you. Our mission at Peace is to share invitations to God’s Power and Peace carefully, thoroughly!
But wait there’s more!
The story ends in friends gathered, joy shared…and as it turns out, Jesus says the party is echoed in eternity before the Throne of the Father! The recovery of the lost means it’s time to celebrate and the celebration is a foretaste of the feast to come!