Sunday, February 17, 2008

Lost = yes, Rebellious = no

Jesus is all about going after the lost. In the 15th chapter of Luke, Jesus presents the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the “lost” son. However, there is a big difference between the first two parables and the last parable. In the parable of the lost sheep we see that the lost sheep is aggressively sought out and then found. We also see the owner of the lost coin very passionately seeking it out. However, the father of the lost son does not go after his son. He does not seek him out. Why? What is the difference? The son was rebellious. These parables indicate that Jesus is all about going after the lost, but not the rebellious. The lost are clueless while the rebellious know what they are doing and what they are walking away from. Rebellion is very dangerous. However, we also see that, while the father did not seek out his rebellious son, he did joyfully welcome him back.

We put ourselves in a very precarious position if we willfully rebel and walk away from the Father. As followers of Christ we must walk in the light as he (Jesus) is in the light. We must remain in him (Jesus). We must live in obedience and not rebellion. By God’s grace this is completely possible.

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