Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What Was Lost is Found 8/14/2012

"In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

This passage is embedded in a trilogy of parables about things that were lost, then found. They each relate the unsurpassed joy that accompanies the find. These stories were told to address criticism from Jesus' adversaries concerning his interacting with sinners. The religious authorities of the day, particularly the Pharisees, preferred to remain separate and apart from such people rather than sharing the love of God with them and seeking their salvation. By relating these stories, Jesus demonstrates that seeking and saving the lost is the point of God's love and his own coming. Further, that when the effort is successful, there is great cause for joy.

Beloved, I try to resist making these devotionals about me, but instead point them to our Heavenly Father, the object of our adoration. However, our family has experienced the joy that is felt and expressed in heaven at the "finding" of Michelle's and my daughter, Paris. This past Lord's day, she obeyed the gospel and gave Jesus the headship of her life. It was my honor, privilege and great joy to be able to baptize her into Christ (Gal 3:27).  Ultimately, this is truly about the Father and His grace and mercy.

I pray that you celebrate with our family, our congregation, the body of Christ and the angels in heaven even as we must with everyone that is "found."

Rejoicing in the Lord,


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