Who makes God happy? The sinners? The righteous? What do you think?
Jesus answered that question with three stories. We love the parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost (prodigal) son. But did we hear the answer he gave?
This 25-minute podcast was recorded at Riverview Joondalup 2022-04-10.
So, who makes God happy? His children, of course! Since we tend to have a limited view of who that is, the Son gives us a better revelation of the Father.
The reason for the parables: Luke 15:1-3 (NIV)
1 Drawing close to Jesus were all the tax collectors and sinners to hear him. 2 The Pharisees and Bible scholars were complaining, saying, “He receives sinners, and eats with them.” 3 He responded to them with this parable.
Farmer’s joy: Luke 15:7
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.
Finder’s joy: Luke 15:10
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one ‘sinner’ who repents.
Father’s joy: Luke 15:32
We had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.
This non-Biblical document shows what the Pharisees expected the Messiah to do: Psalms of Solomon 17
21 See, Lord, and raise up for them their king, the son of David, to rule over your servant Israel in the time known to you, O God. 22 Undergird him with the strength to destroy the unrighteous rulers, to purge Jerusalem from gentiles who trample her to destruction; 23 in wisdom and in righteousness to drive out the sinners from the inheritance; to smash the arrogance of sinners like a potter’s jar. …
36 And he himself will be free from sin, in order to rule a great people. He will expose officials and drive out sinners by the strength of his word.
- When did Jesus label people “sinners”?
- The naughty child story
- What’s with tax collectors? (Mt 9:9-12)
Seeking to understand Jesus in the terms he chose to describe himself: son of man (his identity), and kingdom of God (his mission). Riverview Church, Perth, Western Australia
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