Week one of a six-week series called Lost and Found. Today’s parables of Jesus come to us in a trio - three stories about something or someone being lost and then found. But these parables are not only about salvation for those we deem as wayward sinners. These parables are about restoration, table fellowship, and open-ended invitation. It’s also about our own shadows and the places that we’d prefer to hide. Whose parable is it? The man had two sons. Is this a story about a younger son’s loss and a father’s celebration response? Is it a story about a younger son’s loss and a brothers’ indignant reaction? Is it a story about a Father’s love, acceptance, jubilation and reconciliation? What if we looked at the Parable of the Prodigal Son through the lens of the eldest brother and what Jesus is saying about loss and invitation.
In this six-week series, we continue to explore how the promises of God are fulfilled in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus through the lens of the Gospel of Luke. We look at some of the parables of Jesus as well as his death and resurrection. These stories are mixed with immense grief, loss, celebration and joy. We discover that the very character of the Triune God is about restoration and reconciliation of relationships. For what has been lost has been found.