THE LOST ARE FOUND / THE FOUND ARE FREED / THE FREED ARE CONNECTED / THE CONNECTED ARE COMMISIONED
1st May // Found – Day 1 // God Is Searching
Reading – Luke 15
If I were told that my Bible would be taken away from me and I could only choose one chapter of scripture to hold on to, it would be Luke 15. That chapter has brought more revelation to me than any other. In many ways I am obsessed with the story of the prodigal son. To set up this portrait of a perfect father Jesus will use two illustrations; one of a compassionate shepherd and one of a searching woman.
Luke 15v8 ‘Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?’ ‘And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbours together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’
This woman has lost a coin that belongs to her, it is of great value to her and now is outside her possession. The song Amazing Grace is sung around 10,000,000 times per year. John Newton the writer of hymn uses the phrase ‘I once was lost’. Newton described his distance from God as being lost. Not being in relationship with God is to be lost.
This woman is not content to live with just 9 coins. She is in no way happy to leave finding this coin until daylight. She will turn her house upside down in the dark to find what belongs to her. Luke 19:10 tells us Jesus’ mission statement – ‘the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.’ Jesus came searching for us! The darkness or the sin we were in did not stop him! He prioritised our salvation! This woman turned her house upside down, Jesus turned the whole world upside down searching for us to change our condition from lost to found.
A celebration is held because one coin has been found. This seems over the top, irrational, to call neighbours for a celebration because you found a coin that fell behind your sofa! At our new birth Heaven erupted into celebration! You may not have felt anything when you asked Christ into your heart, you may not have seen angels or heard a heavenly choir but Luke 15 teaches us he threw a party when he found you. Our salvation started with joy and celebration in our Father’s heart and that has not changed.
By Ross McBride