In Luke 15, we read 3 parables about 3 lost things, a sheep, a coin, and a son. The audience...the religious leaders. The purpose...to explain why so many sinners came to hear Jesus teach, and even more so why did He associate with them.
In the three parables, we see LOSS, but not just loss...we see the lost of something valuable. The value of what was lost is not in a price tag, but in the heart of the one who experiences the loss.
In the parables, we can measure that value by the response to the loss. Whether it’s the passionate pursuit to find it or the joyful celebration when it’s found, both responses express just how valuable the object was.
Jesus is explaining His value system to the religious leaders, and what they are seeing that offends them so much is the heart of God for the lost. His passion, His will, His pursuit of us is what determines just how valuable we are. Our value comes from the price He was willing to pay!
What’s even more profound is that in His manifold wisdom, He saw a fallen world that would experience LOSS on so many levels, and He chose to take this concept of LOSS and give it value. He chose to use it as a tool to express His love for us, by the teaching of these parables and ultimately by His death on the cross to recapture and redeem that which is lost!