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The Parables Of The Lost Sheep & The Lost Coin (Luke 15:1-10)

Phillip Stuckey, November 7, 2021
Part of the Expositions on the Gospel of Luke series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

As Luke’s account of the life of Christ continues, Jesus faces increased hostility with the religious elites. They didn’t understand God’s offer of love and mercy to those whom they deemed as outcasts (Luke 14:12-14, 21-23). In this section of Luke, he reminds the reader that God is looking for and willing to accept all who repent and turn to Him in Christ, no matter who they might be or what they might have done.

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Luke 15:1–10 (Listen)

15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“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? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

(ESV)

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