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Midweek Devotionals

Published weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Midweek Devotional 11-12-2014

Robert Chen

Dear Church:

 

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/2014/11/12/
LUKE 15:1-10
1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."
3So he told them this parable: 4"Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
8"Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

A peculiar thing that Pharisees and scribes noticed about Jesus was this: he hung out with the wrong people. The "wrong" people in a religious system are those who are considered not religious. Sinners and tax collectors. Let's show our disapproval with a loud hiss. Hiss! And a disapproving emoticon: 

 

A truly righteous person hangs out with other righteous people. "Righteous by Association" -- the flip side of "Guilt by Association" -- was at work in the minds of these religious leaders. When the Pharisees and scribes observed how Jesus associated with these unrighteous people, they had one more evidence for Jesus' illegitimacy as Messiah.

 

In response, Jesus tells two short parables. About the 99 sheep left behind in search of the one lost sheep. About one sliver coin that's found. In both these cases, there is great rejoicing over something that was once lost but now is found. How much more with a sinner who is found! The amount of joy that's expressed in heaven among angels would blow off the ceiling of Radio City Music Hall.

 

 

To bring this kind of Joy to Heaven is why Jesus came. The joy of salvation is not equaled by any other earthly joy. Not even close.

 

[All these pictures in my devotionals are for all the men in our church who do not like to read. I can see that from the lack of response that

one Mike Hong still does not read, even though I put that Charlie Brown picture yesterday for his enjoyment. Mike Hong, are you there? 

Elisa, please help your man.]  {Words in brackets are private messages only, so please do not read these messages if you are not Mike

Hong or Elisa Hong.}

 

As I was saying, there is great joy in salvation. That joy has not abated one bit from the days of Jesus to our own day. Let's partner with

the Lord in seeing more lost sheep and lost coins that will be found as we pray for the joy of salvation to come upon millions on this earth.

 

Let's pray: Father, send forth the Spirit of salvation all across this land of ours and across the nations of the world in Jesus' name. May the

joy of salvation be experienced in every village, town, and city around this great world that you love. Every child, young person, and adult, we 

pray will be stirred by the Spirit and the good news of Jesus who died for them so that they might enjoy eternal life. We pray for our family 

and friends. We pray for ourselves that the joy of salvation will not be a distant, past experience but a close, present daily experience of gratitude.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

Blessings,

pjohn