Well before the TV series “LOST” the word “lost” had a powerful meaning. Is there a worse feeling than losing a loved one in a crowd? What about the panic when you lose your keys? Despair can set in quickly when there is no cell coverage and you are lost in the woods. The concept of lost is awful.
I think that is why God spends a whole chapter in the Gospel of Luke on the concept of “lost”. The parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son are powerful illustrations of God’s love. Some have said that the parable of the Lost Son is the most powerful of story of grace in Scripture. As you’ll see in our study it was even more striking in Jesus’ culture.
Before you watch the study, consider which person with whom you identify. Is it the shepherd as he goes after that sheep? Are you the sheep that keeps running away? Maybe you know what it’s like to diligently look for the lost coin (soul) for your church’s evangelism team. Are you struggling with bitterness and find yourself in the older brother’s shoes. Maybe you’re the father in the story who walks up to the top of the hill over looking his property, not to gaze as his possessions. He would give up every possession! He anxiously searches down the road to the world, praying that today might be the day that his lost son returns.
This is the ninth Bible Class on our summer series – VIC: Very Important Chapters of the Bible.
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