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Date: May 19, 2013

Speaker: Jon Hauser

Series: Stand Alone Message

Category: Default

Scripture: Luke 15:1–15:2

Tags: prodigal, sheep, Lost

Have you ever been lost? You know, that panicked feeling that no one knows where you are—that you’ve been abandoned? What about when you’re driving? If you’re lost, do you stop and ask for directions or drive on and hope you get to your destination? Bottom line-being lost is not fun. The bible tells us that all are lost apart from Christ; and our culture doesn’t like to hear that at all.

In Luke chapter 15, Jesus talks about the lost in three famous parables. The first is the parable of the lost sheep. (Luke 15:4-7) Sheep will follow anything unaware of the consequences. They could be on a path that leads to certain death unless someone comes to get them. Often, just like sheep, people make bad choices and don’t know how to get out of them–they get lost by accident.

Next is the parable of the lost coin. (Luke 15:8-10) Some things are just lost; like the coin. Jesus is like the woman. He stops at nothing to seek the lost. People can’t save themselves–only He can.

Finally the most famous of the three: the parable of the prodigal son. (Luke 11-32) The younger son had everything and chose to turn his back on it. When people run wild they turn their lives over to something else to be their master. Sometimes people get lost because they think being lost is not so bad. The real question is: why? Do you hate the Master or love Him? Do you turn your back on God or embrace the grace He’s extended us? Grace changes everything because Jesus gave everything. God doesn’t want good people-He wants new people.

(Romans 5:6-8) No matter how out of control you are in your sin; how lost and far away you are from God—He has already done everything necessary for your salvation! The cross exposes the extent of our sin and leads us to repentance. Nobody deserves what He offers but He freely loves us and that love is life-changing. He recreates us from the inside out. We become new.