Luke 15:1-32 (NIV84)
Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Have you ever heard people mutter? Mutter is a funny word isn’t it? A mutter is a mumbled complaint. A person mutters because they want to say something, but they don’t want what they are saying to be heard. The teachers of the law, or the people who analyzed the behavior of people to keep the standards as they interpreted God’s will, muttered because Jesus was surrounded by sinners and tax collectors. It was even worse; Jesus actually welcomed these ruffians and ate with them. He even seemed to like these people.
Jesus answered the mutters with three stories of lost and found: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and The Lost Son. Read these three stories and note the constants in each of the three. First, there was something or someone who is lost. Second, that which lost was of great value. Third, an all out search was commissioned, whether the lost was aware or not. Fourth, the lost was found. And fifth, there was great rejoicing because of the lost being found.
Where are you in each story? Do you identify with the one that is lost? Do you identify with the one who is seeking for that which has been lost? I challenge you today to have a party. Get together with some people and celebrate the fact that you have been found by Jesus. You can invite someone to dinner or buy someone some ice cream to celebrate the fact that Jesus loves you.