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  • Feb9Fri

    'The Heart of Jesus/ by Pastor Vern

    February 9, 2018

    Luke 15: 8-10                                                                                                                                                                

    Jesus tells a second story as the discussion of kingdom priorities continues.

    Background

    • Jesus is travelling and is seeing lots of people
    • People have heard of him and are coming to him
    • Religious leaders are in the crowd and not pleased
    • They ignore needy people and Jesus did not
    • Their accusation - ‘he welcomes and eats with sinners’
    • Invitation to eat together -  assumptions
      • Spend time getting to know someone
      • Permission to be together in relaxed manner
      • Potential  to open up and share life stories
      • Usually reserved for friends
      • Jesus used this time to begin a conversation and friendship

    Loses – Def:

    • Vrs 1-7 lost – missing, unable to return without help, wrong turn, can’t find way back
    • Vrs 8-10 lost – misplaced, inattention, safe place but forgot where
    • Vrs 11-32 lost – willful leaving, wandering, turn away, choice to leave, run away

    Luke 15: 8-10     

    Parable of the Lost Coin

    1 A woman has an immediate concern

    • A woman has 10 silver coins
    • She discovers one is missing
    • Deep sense of loss – something of significant value is missing
    • Plan of action begins

    2 She begins an all-consuming search

    • She looks in the expected places
    • She lights a lamp for a better view
    • She looks and cleans everywhere – we tend to look in the same places
    • Beyond normal places until she finds the coin

    3 She has a celebration       

    • She has her own moment
    • So great is her joy that she invites people to celebrate with her
    • They may not have been aware of the missing coin
    • Jesus has already said there is great rejoicing when the lost is found

    Application

    • Jesus looked for us
    • Jesus found us in all kinds of places
    • Jesus celebrates when we are found
    • Come to Communion with a profound appreciation for our life in Christ!

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