Luke Chapter 15: Advent

Luke 15 is composed of three stories that teach about finding what once was lost. These are some of Jesus’ most beloved stories that reveal the heart of God. These stories would be glorious for some to hear and cause grumbling for others. Take note of how chapter 15 begins, because the two distinct groups in Jesus’ audience gives insight as to the nature of the teaching, but also how it was received.

As you read today, pay attention to how Jesus offers a progression of value and worth in the items lost and found. The items were also “lost” in different ways. There is relevance in this for every single person. What are we to do with the truth Jesus shared?

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Reflection Questions:

  1. How does Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep relate to the muttering of the Pharisees? What is Jesus’ point?
  2. How do you visualize the woman searching for the lost coin? What is Jesus’ point?
  3. The Parable of the Lost Son is also known as the Prodigal Son. Prodigal means, “spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wasteful; extravagant.” Knowing that, is the son the only prodigal in the story? What does this parable teach us about the father at the beginning and the end of the story?
  4. What is the point of the father throwing a party when the son returns home?
  5. How did the older son feel when he learned of the party?
  6. Verses 28-30 tell us that the older son was where during the party?
  7. Why did the older son choose to miss the celebration?
  8. To whom do you relate to most in this parable: the father, younger son, or older son?
  9. Have you been misplaced either by wandering off, getting lost due to circumstances beyond your control, or arrogant greed? Have you had to scour your surroundings or scan the horizon for something precious to return? What is your reaction when it does? What if you are still searching?
  10. What do these stories teach us about God? What does this require of us as a result depending on which character we most identify from the stories?

Prayer: Dear Lord, it brings me great joy to know that celebrations erupt when what was once lost is found. I know that is true for me, and it inspires me so greatly. Forgive me for not always extending the same sentiment when someone else is brought back into your fold either out of jealousy, bitterness, anger, apathy, or some misplaced sense of self importance. May I feel the same urgency for helping you on your rescue mission to recover the lost that you feel for me. I ask this in the saving name of my Savior, Jesus. Amen.