“This Man receives sinners . . .”
Man lives as though God and eternity are a mystery. Even before I became a Christian, I had heard the pseudo–verse, “God works in mysterious ways.” Here, in Luke 15, the mysterious ways of God are revealed. We see clearly how he feels about the lost, as well as what He does about it.
Jesus tells three stories, and in each one, He is played by a different character. In the first, He is the man who has a lost sheep and leaves all He has to find it. In the second, He is played by the woman who searches diligently to find the one lost coin. Finally, in the third, He is played by the father who patiently waits, while his son wastes his life. We see clearly the heart of God toward the lost and wayward. He willingly gave up all, clothed Himself in humanity, to seek and save the lost.
The message is clear. If you are wayward, come back to Him. He loves you and wants to forgive you. If someone you love is wayward, express to them the same loving grace that the father showed his son, as you pray and await their return.
Questions For Luke 15
- Who came to “draw near” to Jesus to hear Him?
- In the next parable, what item does Jesus use to illustrate a lost sinner?
- What happens in Heaven when a sinner repents?
- Who are the main characters in the next parable?
- In your own words describe the father’s heart for the son that returned.
- Was the older brother happy for the younger brother’s return?
- Now describe the father’s heart for the older son who questioned his father.
- All three parables were spoken to the ones who drew near to hear Jesus. They were the tax collectors and sinners. Remember, they were the lowest of the low in society. Take a moment to consider what they were feeling as Jesus told them these stories. PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS HEART OF COMPASSION FOR SINNERS!!!!!!
“There is a great gulf fixed . . .”
Between man and God there is a great gulf of separation. This gap is caused by sin, and makes it impossible for us to have fellowship with God. This is precisely the reason Jesus came. He bled and died on Calvary’s cross to bridge the gap; to make it possible for us to know God now, and spend eternity with Him. This life will come to an end, and when it does, only what we have done with Christ will really matter. In this story, the rich man reveals what happens to those who refuse Christ. Not only do they live separated from God, but they die that way.
Since every thing we have wears out, it is difficult for us to understand the concept of eternity, yet the Bible teaches us that the life to come has no end. Our response to Jesus determines our eternal destiny. Sadly, some are unwilling to surrender to Christ because of the lifestyle they enjoy. I beg you, learn the lesson from the rich man, and give up the passing pleasure of sin, for the eternal reward.
Questions for Luke 16
- Who are the main characters in this next parable of Jesus?
- What was the steward doing wrong?
- The steward, was he faithful with what he was given responsibility over?
- God has blessed us with so much materially speaking, have you been faithful with what God has blessed you with?
- Read verse 13 and take a few moments to consider who you are serving.
- Why were the Pharisees not happy when they heard these things?
- Being married is AWESOME! GOD LOVES MARRIAGE. TAKE A MOMENT AND PRAY FOR YOUR SPOUSE.
- Jesus tells a story that apparently is not a parable. There is a distinct difference between the rich man and Lazarus. When they both died, why do you think they ended up in different places? Now read 2 Corinthian’s 5:8, are you confident of the truth that is in this passage?