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- Tax collectors and sinners
drew near to Jesus to listen to him.
- Pharisees (and scribes) murmured that
Jesus received sinners and ate with them.
- Ashepherd had 100 sheep and lost
one of them.
- He left the 99 behind and wert after the lost one.
- When he
found it, he carried it on his shoulder and rejoiced.
- Coming home, he
called his friends and neighbours,
- He asked them to rejoice with him,
having found his lost sheep.
- There will be more joy in heaven over one
sinner who repents.
- Than over 99 righteous persons who need no repentance.
- A woman with 10 silver coins lost one of them.
- She lighted the lamp,
swept the house and searched diligently.
- When she found it, she called her
friends and neighbours.
- She asked them to rejoice with her, having found
the lost one.
- So, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner
- Jesus has come into the world to look for
sinners and call them to repentance,
- The so-called righteous people (like
the Pharisees) must, therefore, take heed lest, in their presumption they go to
- The righteous who do not need Jesus in their lives are in danger of
not making it in the end.
- Every human soul is precious to God.
parables point to the unconditional love/mercy of God.
- It teaches the need
to win souls for Christ/ evangelism.