Something’s Lost

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Something’s Lost

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. Today we’re talking about the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin – The point is this: PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD, they should matter to us ask Christians too.

 
 
Something’s Lost
Pastor George Dupree – August 25, 2019
 
If you’ve ever lost or misplaced something, you’ll be able to identify with the characters in the stories Jesus tells here. They’re the stories of a missing sheep and a missing coin.
 
Luke gives us the context for Jesus’ stories in the first two verses:
Luke 15:1 Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such despicable people—even eating with them!
 
The religious leaders of the day weren’t comfortable that Jesus was hanging out with people with questionable backgrounds. In response Jesus tells three parables back-to-back-to-back.
 
The Lost SHEEP
Luke 15:3 So Jesus used this illustration: 4 “If you had one hundred sheep, and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it? 5 And then you would joyfully carry it home on your shoulders. 6 When you arrived, you would call together your friends and neighbors to rejoice with you because your lost sheep was found. 7 In the same way, heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
 
The Lost COIN
Luke 15:8 “Or suppose a woman has ten valuable silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and look in every corner of the house and sweep every nook and cranny until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her because she has found her lost coin. 10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
 
In each of the stories the thing that’s lost MATTER
 
JESUS IS TRYING TO TEACH IS THAT PEOPLE MATTER
 
When they find what’s lost they CELEBRATE
 
What prompted Jesus to tell these stories? It was the complaining of the Pharisees. They were ticked off at Jesus because
 
HE CARED ABOUT PEOPLE THAT THEY DIDN’T CARE ABOUT.
 
In another parable, Jesus tells about a Samaritan who cares for a beaten and robbed man he passes on the roadside. Jesus told that story because when He preached that we ought to love our neighbor as ourselves, in Jesus’ mind, a neighbor is anyone nearby with a need.
 
What Jesus was trying to say to the Pharisees through the stories of the missing sheep and the missing coin is that all people mattered to Him, and therefore they ought to matter to them. He’d like us to receive that message, as well.
 
I pray that you’ll receive His love today. If you feel like you’re lost in life stop right where you are and look up, He’s right there reaching out to you, He loves you.
 
He is still saying today what He said two thousand years ago
Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
 
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