The Tragedy of an Offended Spirit
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and open them up to the gospel of Luke, the 15th chapter. Luke chapter 15.
You know, this is one of my favorite chapters. You say, "Well, Pastor, they're all your favorite chapters." I know, but I'm telling you, this is one of my favorite chapters. You know why? Because this chapter reveals the heart of God probably as much as any chapter in the Bible.
You see, in this chapter, Jesus tells three stories, three parables. And I've told you what a parable is, a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. That's what a parable is. And in this chapter he gives to us three parables.
First of all He tells us about a lost sheep. Ninety-nine were safe in the fold, one was lost, and the shepherd goes after the one lost sheep and brings it back. And then He made this statement, ""I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents. . ." You see, this chapter reveals the heart of God. This chapter tells us that God wants the sinner to come back and not only that, He goes after that sinner and there's joy in heaven over one sinner that repents.
Then Jesus says, "Let me give it to you another way." There was a woman who had some coins and she lost one of her coins. So, she searched and swept the house until she found it. And then Jesus said, "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents." He's revealing to us to the heart of God. He's telling us that God doesn't want us to be lost and he wants us to come back to God.
Then he tells us the third story and this is probably one of the most familiar stories in all of the Bible and it's the story of the lost son. The prodigal son. That boy that took his part of his father's inheritance and went into the far country, but then he came back home and his father love him and forgave h ...
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