[Luke 15 – The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, The Lost Son]
We are all at one time LOST and need to REPENT
We aren’t meant to do life alone
We realize that with our Pig Pod Moment and change of mind (see v. 16)
No matter the sin / sinner, all those who repent are forgiven / accepted / loved.
Once we are FOUND, what can we do as a child of God / disciple of Jesus:
- Go After – “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? (v. 4 NASB)
- To Go – poreuomai (por-yoo’-om-ahee) – travel, journey, go, moving something from one destination to another
- Seek Diligently – “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?” ( v. 8 ESV)
- Diligently – epimelós (ep-ee-mel-oce’) – carefully
- Embrace – “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” (v. 20 NLT)
- Embraced – epipiptó (ep-ee-pip’-to) – to embrace with affection, fall upon, gripped
- Rejoice – vs. 5 “rejoicing” v. 6,9 “rejoice with me”, “celebrate” v. 23-24
- Rejoice – sugchairó (soong-khah’-ee-ro) – rejoicing in God’s grace, rejoice together
- Celebrate – euphrainó (yoo-frah’-ee-no) – merry outlook, joyous, feeling sense of victory
Bible Study Questions:
1) These three parables are told together and there is a shared theme – repentance. Jesus was with a particular group of people when he told these parables. Who was He speaking to and what started the “storytelling” moment?
2) What is the takeaway from Jesus’ transition from the grumbling “religious people” to the three parables? Why is it important to spend time with those in need of repentance?
3) The 99 sheep were left so that the owner could hunt down the one lost sheep. At first, this might sound foolish. Consider what would happen if these 99 sheep in the open country would wander off. The open country would have been a pasture – abandoned wilderness used for free range shepherding. Why did the owner leave them in the open country? What does this say about the one lost sheep?
4) When looking at the Lost Coin, it differs from the other items. It didn’t move far, whereas the sheep and the son could wander away. What type of person does this remind you of? How did the woman find this lost coin? What is the lamp that we use?
5) How do we know if someone is having a Pig Pod Moment of desperation? (see v. 16) What can we do to help the lost from where God has placed us?
More Than A Story is a 12-week Sermon Series and Bible Study focused on the parables of Jesus.
When you look at Luke 15, there are three parables Jesus told. The Parable of the Lost Sheep speaks of seeking out this one lost sheep. There were 99 sheep left in open country to hunt down this one lost sheep. In the Parable of the Lost Coin, there was one coin lost. The woman looked everywhere for the coin. She turned on the lamp. The Bible says she diligently looked for the coin. In the Prodigal Son story, we read of this father who looked for his son to return. He wanted so badly for his son to return and when he did so, the father rejoiced and threw a party.
The Bible says that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. Do you realize that God wants so much to do life with you? When He says if you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you, He means it. You need only reach your hands toward Him, and He is already reaching back. Think of it this way—when you take one step toward God, He runs toward you. He runs. Just like the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. He runs.
Today remind yourself of this love and compassion. Remind yourself that God is right there. He is right there. Simply step forward. Simply call out His name. He has delivered you already my friend. Just reach out. Reach for Him. He is ready to draw you to Himself. He is ready to embrace you. He is ready to rejoice over you.
“[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” – Colossians 1:13 [AMP]
When my friend came to me to take over at my work area, she said she was going to replace me. I told her that I was irreplaceable. She first took it as me joking that I was too good for her to take over where I was located; however, I said it again. I am irreplaceable. You are irreplaceable. No one is replaceable.
I worked jobs where I was a number. The boss said that he didn’t care if we came or went because he could always have us replaced. We didn’t matter. We had our licenses. We had our certifications. We could have a nice resume. In the end, we were simply a number and there was always someone else to fill our shoes if he decided to take our position away.
With God, you are irreplaceable. Now don’t get boastful. Don’t get puffed up over this statement. It doesn’t mean that God needs you. It doesn’t mean that you are better than anyone else. It means that God has a purpose for your life. He has something that only you and you alone, can do in this lifetime. So you are irreplaceable. You are beautiful. You are priceless. You are important. Jesus spoke about going after one sheep though the 99 were safe. We each have been the one sheep. Each one of us matter. You, my friend, are irreplaceable.
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?” – Luke 15:4 [NLT]
There were two sons who were very different. The one son wanted the inheritance so the father split up the estate and the son ran off with the amount he was given. The other remained. Most people remember this story. Finally after the son spends all of his money, he realizes what he did. He returns to his father and repents. What was lost was now found.
What was the father doing while the son was away? Can you remember that part of the story? When the son was returning, he wasn’t even at home when his father saw that he was returning. He was “still a long way off.” Why? Because the father was watching and waiting for the lost son.
God watches and waits for us too. He does not want to lose any of us. He is filled with unfailing love and overflowing compassion. He wants to run to each of us. He wants to embrace you. We simply need to head home. No matter what you have done, no matter how far you have traveled, you always can return to him. He’s waiting. Come home.
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20 [NLT]
When I was a little girl, I remember when I went to the mall with my grandmother, my mother, and my sister. When we were about ready to leave, we had a few things we wanted to look at yet. My mother and grandmother wanted to go and do their own thing. I was still pretty young, but I was old enough to know better. They told me when I was finished purchasing an item, to meet at this certain place and they were going to do what they had to do and then they were going to meet me there.
I had different plans. I said I was old enough to meet them out at the car, that I could walk out to the car by myself and everything would be fine. My grandmother and my mother said absolutely not, that they would meet me at the spot and that was it. So I finished making the purchase that I needed to make and I decided I was going to go out to the car. I was gonna show them, because I could get out to the car by myself.
I was out by the car. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. No one was coming. My grandmother and mother in the meantime were frantically searching for me, with my sister, dragging her around everywhere looking for me and wondering where I was. I was lost they thought. It took a long time before finally they came out to the parking lot and they found me. I got in trouble of course. I should have gotten in trouble because I didn’t listen.
It reminds me of how we sometimes don’t listen and we all at one point or another were lost. I was thinking back to Luke 15, where you can find the lost sheep and lost coin parables, and how the coin and sheep were valuable. We are very valuable to God. He doesn’t want any of us to not be with Him. Just to imagine ninety-nine sheep and one gets away. He goes after that one. Each of us are that one at one point or another. We are all thought of as an only child. To imagine that kind of love.
A lot of people think love is emotion. The word love is about action. That is how God loves us. He comes and He gets His lost sheep. He is with you through it all. He doesn’t leave you. He shows His love. The way He shows His love was to send His Son to redeem you and to redeem me. That’s action- that’s what love is all about. We are asked to love one another, to serve one another, and the love that we are to have is a love filled with action.
Read Luke 15