Luke 15:19-20 “And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”
Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd. When a sheep wanders off, the first thing a raven goes after is its eyes. The raven knows that the sheep will destroy itself if it can’t see. Then, the raven can eat the rest. Jesus is the One who calls to the sheep. The Shepherd says, ‘This way, Son. This way, Daughter. Follow My voice and come out of the dark place that you are.’
The lost sheep are crying just like lost children. There is rejoicing in the reunion of the lost sheep and the Shepherd. There is joy in heaven when the Shepherd finds the sheep.
Luke 15:8-10 “Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
The valuable item is not moving. It’s not in any danger. It won’t be devoured, but it’s missing in the house. It’s not where it should be. The coin is lost in a different way from the sheep. We can be people in the House, but still be lost. There are people in the House of God that are still lost.
Jesus is the Keeper of the House looking for the missing coin. If you’ve got dirt on that coin so you can’t see the inscription, let Jesus clean you. Light a candle in the House of God so you can see better and clean house!
You know God, you’re a Christian, but you’ve fallen in the corner a few times. You’ve been kicked, and you’re not connected anymore. Coins can’t cry out, but they are still be sought today. Unattended things need to be found.
The parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 isn’t so much about the son who left, but the Father who ran. The son left intentionally. He wasn’t lost. He knew exactly where he was. His relationship with his Father was lost. He decided that the relationship that he had with his Father wasn’t as fun as he could have somewhere else. The fun of the world was brought to the forefront of his mind. The relationship was lost.
Why aren’t the blessings of your Father coming anymore? You’ve broken the relationship. He can’t bless you until the relationship is restored. Come back.
The Father was patient. He waited a long time, but He was always looking with expectation. He took care of the ones who were still in the House, but He wanted to have that son back.
How many times are people afraid to come back to church after they’ve messed up? There is a Father who will RUN TO YOU!!! It doesn’t matter how bad you smell! He will RUN!!! The Father will give back authority and the best for you! Even though you left Him, He will rejoice and run to you. ‘He had compassion and ran!’
There is a renewal like you never left. There is no condemnation, no judgement from the Father.
There are condemnation and judgement coming from the elder brother—the Pharisees, and sometimes the church! Because the Father put all His attention on that prodigal, the elder brother was jealous. Don’t let that bad attitude be you! Rejoice with Jesus!
Just like in the Garden, “Adam, where are you?” God knew, but He still called to him. The moment you come back to God, He will come running to you. He will make a way. He is anxious to forgive.
The Father ran to his son and hugged him. It is so humbling to come back, but you are so wanted. The mother (the church) and the Father want that prodigal to come back so we can have a party! We serve a God who ran!
The Prodigal’s Father had His priorities straight. His son had sinned, but the Father didn’t talk about the grief, He was just glad his son was home. You could hear the dancing from afar off. It was a merry time.
There was only one soul, but so much rejoicing! God will celebrate with the entire community of heaven over a single soul.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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