The Joy of God over the Returning Sinner
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles, turn with me to Luke 15. The subject today is the joy of God in welcoming a sinner home to Himself in total love. Somehow there is in the mind of people the idea that there is a reluctance on God's part to receive us unto Himself or to really believe that He loves us enough to joy over us when we turn to Him, but when we read Luke, the 15th chapter and verse 23, we read these words, ''Let us eat, and be merry.'' Now the occasion was the return of a man's wayward son. (Jesus is using it to tell us the joy of God, then, in welcoming the sinner home to himself or the Lord's portion in our salvation.) Jesus here is telling us what God receives in saving me and saving you.
In this great 15th chapter of Luke, undoubtedly, we have the trinity because there are three parables. One is the parable of the shepherd going after the lost sheep. Another is a woman who lost a coin and she lighted a candle and searched until she found her lost coin. The other is a father welcoming a returning sinner in rags, home. We have the trinity of divine beings here.
The shepherd goes after the sheep. (Undoubtedly, that is Jesus going after His lost sheep.) Notice, the sheep doesn't seek the shepherd, it is the shepherd who seeks the sheep. In the woman we could well have the Holy Spirit of God because He is the Light that illuminates us and shows us Christ and gives us the new birth and knowledge of salvation as the woman lights a candle and searches her house until she finds the lost coin-then she rejoices over finding it; then we have the father rejoicing over the returning sinful son coming back to him in rags.
Let me call your attention to the joy in the trinity. We know the first parable is the parable of Jesus going after lost souls and we know that the father represents God the Father welcoming the sinner back home. It is very easy for us to believe that the middle parable, the par ...
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