Preached FCCW, March 31, 2019
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Some of the religious folks began to take notice that many people who were coming to hear Jesus teach were not like the audiences other rabbis attracted. And not in a good way. They said, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them!”
So, Jesus told them this parable…
In other words, this was how Jesus responded to their criticism about the company he kept and what it said about his own character. Actually, Jesus told them, not just a parable, but three parables. The 15th Chapter of Luke’s Gospel could be aptly named “The Trilogy of Lost Animals, Objects and Relationships.” The entire chapter consists of three parables, each one directly addressed to the insinuation by the scribes and Pharisees that his acceptance of sinners and outcasts cast doubts upon the legitimacy of his ministry.