Turning back to the Lord: 14/15 May 2014

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. — Luke 15: 10

Message

The repentance of the sinner produces joy. The parables of Jesus make use of familiar experiences from daily life which Jesus uses in order to illustrate the nature and standards of the gospel. This is also the case in the parable of the lost coin, from which our Bible text is taken. The lost coin is likely of great worth to the woman. She is so happy upon finding it that she even goes and tells others about it. Genuine and profound joy increases when it is shared with others and becomes collective joy.

Core Points

  • Just as the woman in theparable has lost a coin,the sinner has lost his direct proximity to God.
  • Both are aware of the value of what they have lost, and make a big effort in order to find it.
  • The remorse of the sinner over his wrongs allow him to find grace with the Lord.
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