Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Parables of Jesus
by Erik Momsen
1) They entertain, hold people's attention, are listened to by young and old, educated and the poor. They make a connection with real life (agriculture, justice, greed, love & Kingdom truth)
2) Only the spiritually awakened or hungry understood the truth behind the story, but not the casual onlooker. Hence most did not understand.
The disciples came to Him and asked,"Why do you speak to the people in parables?" Jesus answered, "... The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them." (Matthew 13:10,11,15)
LOST SHEEP, LOST COIN, LOST SON (Luke 15:1-32)
Jesus told this parable when the Pharisees criticized Him for socializing with sinners. His response to criticism was truth.
Then Jesus told them this parable: 'Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep." 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.' (Luke 15:3-7)
- A sheep without its shepherd is in grave danger.
- Jesus focusses on the least one of the sheep.
"And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day." (John 6:39)
- The sheep is put over his shoulders - LOVE - NOT REBUKE.
- An adult sheep may weigh anywhere from 50 to 60 kg.
- Jesus bore the weight of our sins upon the cross.
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness. . . . For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." (1 Peter 2:24,25).
- The friends and neighbours must rejoice with the Shepherd.
- Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents and is restored to God.
- Imagine how the sinners with Jesus laugh at the irony of only one sinner repenting and 99 so-called righteous people sitting smugly and watching.
THE LOST COIN
"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (Luke 15:8-10).
- It indicates God’s true attitude towards sinners.
- The sinner is like a valuable coin which has been lost.
- The woman is not lax about her lost possession.
- She lights a lamp to see clearly, uses a broom to reach places that might otherwise be inaccessible. Searching carefully, it must be found at all costs.
Jesus wanted all to understand how he felt about those who were lost. Jesus himself said, "For the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10)
- Indicates the mission of the Son.
- Jesus is Light of the World; as the woman lights her lamp.
- There is rejoicing in heaven over "each one" that repents.
- Friends and neighbours must be told, as well as to share in the celebration.
- Is the woman not the church?
God is not content for anyone to be away from Him: " ... He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9).
THE LOST SON
Possibly the greatest story ever told was that of the Lost Son or Prodigal. Here it is the Father and two equally lost sons. Their sin is just different.
The point is always that since Eden the Father has been searching for anyone who would respond.
Date Added: 2008-08-05
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