Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
"I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:7,10)
How great is God's joy in seeing a person recognize their sinfulness, and to turn to Him for forgiveness and salvation! We call this repentance, and at the heart of repentance is a change of one's view and understanding of God. When people truly recognize God for who He truly is, they cannot help but be convicted of their sinfulness, and humbly turn to God and to seek His mercy and forgiveness. The good news is that God takes delight in such people! "The same way" referred to in the two verses above likens a sinner repenting to one who was lost and has been found. As we will see in more detail in this Sunday's worship service message, the Scripture passage of Luke 15:1-10 describes God's heart for the lost, and His relentless pursuit of the lost to find and save them. Please remember how much God loves you, and the great depths He has gone through to save you and bring you into an eternal relationship with Him. He loves you and rejoices over you!