I love scripture and all of the interesting and fascinating things we read in the Bible.
for example, in the Gospel stories.
We read about a parable which Jesus shared. Parables were like short stories Jesus used when explaining or teaching what the kingdom of God looked like. It was a way to get his audience thinking and actively participating as some Parables are left open, there is no conclusion to the stories. The idea behind this, is Jesus is allowing the listener/reader to become involved with the story as most of the parables are exploring Gods Kingdom, so to are we always involved and invited into that world. To give you an example of a Parable that’s left open, I want to shear the story of the Prodigal Son.
Luke 15:11 – 32
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his propertybetween them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’28 “The older brother became angryand refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutescomes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
The Parable ends with the Farther speaking to the oldest son, who is upset that his farther has allowed his younger rebellious brother back, even throwing him a party to celebrate his return.
Now we all can relate to either son in the story. The younger son who rebels only to come back and ask for forgiveness or the older son, self-righteous thinking we’re better than our sinful brothers and sister, except we never really focus the emphasis on the older brother. Maybe cause none of us really want to relate to someone who is self righteous, however this is were we find the story ending. Jesus is giving us the opportunity to respond.
What will you do people of faith, who finds themselves standing in front of the farther, outside the gates of heaven, will you be standing there in disgust to who is allowed in?
What will your response be, how will you react?
Will you join the party? The celebration of life? Or will you stay outside. The choice is yours.
Now the context behind this story is Jesus hanging out with the tax collectors and sinners. The Pharisees who were the “in” guys of the religious circle in those days didn’t approve.
So Jesus shears other parables about people finding lost items.
The Parable of the lost sheep Luke 15:1–7
The Parable of the lost coin Luke 15:8–10
The idea to me is that the kingdom of God will always be celebrating when someone who is lost comes back to the Farther and regardless of where we stand we cant judge who is in or who is out. Only the Farther can stand as judge and forgiver.
Our job is to join in on the celebration.