15th July 2020
“But we had to celebrate and be glad. Because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”
Luke 15:32 (NIV)
Growing up there was a joke in my house that there was a black hole somewhere that held all of the missing socks. So, when someone was looking for a missing sock we’d say, “It’s in the black hole but I can’t find it!”.
Folding washing is my least favourite household chore but this week while I was matching up the socks in our black sock box (A.K.A the black hole), I was thinking about the poor single socks who were left all alone in the dark box, without meaning or purpose. Poor little sockies…
This reminded me of three fantastic parables that Jesus told, one after the other: The Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Parable of the Lost Coin and the well-known Parable of the Lost Son. Each of these parables focuses on something being lost and then found with much joy and celebration. For example, the woman who had 10 coins turns her house upside down to find the one that was lost and finds it with overflowing joy. So much so “…she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’” (Luke 15:9 NIV)
I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think I’d be calling my friends and neighbours to celebrate finding a lost sock, or a coin. Especially if I already had 10 and I certainly wouldn’t be turning my house upside down to find it.
The point of these parables was to show there isn’t a single person who is insignificant to God. Each person is worth turning the entire world upside down for, and what Jesus did on the cross was exactly that. Jesus came and died on the cross to “seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10 NIV)
No one is too lost to be found by God. A person’s past mistakes, skin colour, education level, financial situation, or even religious knowledge are not enough to keep them lost in a dark hole without purpose or meaning. God’s love and grace search the depths of the earth for a person just like you and me.
This is amazing grace. Let us celebrate and praise God!