The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

03/15/2011

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Lost And Found


"The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Pet. 3:9).

Every once in a while in the neighborhood, there is someone walking around looking for a lost pet...We've all seen ads in the newspapers with a reward offered for a lost animal. When people become attached to animals, there is almost a void in their lives when it is lost, and they will go to great lengths to get it back. In Luke 15, we find two parables concerning lost things, a sheep and a coin. There are actually three when we look at the parable of The Prodigal Son, but that is for another time...Some things are certainly more valuable than others and the amount of time spent looking for them may be commensurate with their value. Have you ever lost your wallet or purse? How about you keys? Jesus is trying to convey value here in these two parables...The value of a soul! The parables were taught as a response to this statement uttered by the Pharisees; "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them" (15:2). The essence of the parable, probably lost on the Pharisees, was that we are all sinners. I love the diligence with which the searches are made to retrieve lost items... These two short parables would make excellent meditation material today...The best part of the two parables are their happy endings...I cannot improve on God's Word regarding the lost sheep..."Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep....I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent" (V 7). And the lost coin as the woman calls her friends and neighbors together and says; "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin; In the same way, I tell you that there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents" (V 9-10). Jesus had genuine concern for the lost...Do we?

Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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