31st March 2019 – At the party?

March 28, 2019 Pastor Matt Bishop

Luke chapter 15 presents a picture of God rejoicing and partying when the ‘lost’ are found; that is, when a sinner repents as a result of God going after them. But sin is not just about our wrong thoughts, words and deeds.  It is also about missing the mark in terms of being full of one’s own righteousness that the person can’t see how far off track they really are.  This is a point that Jesus makes in the Parable of the Lost Sons that we hear from today (Luke 15:11-32).  There the second son is caught in his own self-righteousness, judging and contempt of his father.  He is so caught up himself that he stays outside of the great party going on to welcome his formerly ‘lost’ brother.  When do you put yourself out of God’s party?  Many of us don’t even realise that’s what we do.  As ever, the answer is to hear God’s word, repent and accept his invitation to his ‘music and dancing’ (Luke 15:25).