In Luke 15, we find Jesus teaching the Teachers of the Law (Pharisees). The Pharisees are notoriously grace-less toward “sinners.” They believed that anyone who didn’t uphold the law the way they did were “sinners.” Now you can say someone who sins is a “sinner” the same way you can say someone who digs is a “digger.” But in Jesus had a different definition than the Pharisees did.
As we see in all 3 of these parables, Jesus has a heart for the lost (sinners). He paints the picture best in the parable of the “Lost Son.”
In this parable, we see a lost son who has wasted his inheritance and found himself starving in a pig sti.
““When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.”
Luke 15:17-20 NLT
The father is a representation of how Jesus sees us. He is filled with love and compassion toward us, even when we are far from Him.
Not only does Jesus love us despite our sins, but he takes it further:
The father then orders the servants to bring the best robe, no doubt one of his own (a sign of dignity and honor, proof of the lost son’s acceptance back into the family), a ring for the son’s hand (a sign of authority and sonship) and sandals for his feet (a sign of not being a servant, as servants did not wear shoes—or, for that matter, rings or expensive clothing) [vs. 22]
Jesus gives us those same things.
- We are accepted into God’s family (robe)!
- We are given spiritual authority (ring)!
- We are no longer slaves to sin (sandals)!
The Holy Spirit has bound us together with Christ. Now, even though we may sin, we are not defined by our sin, but we are defined by our spiritual inheritance. We are now sons and daughters of the King of Kings. We now represent His name and His authority. And nothing can take that away. Our permanent title is now: Child of the King. Isn’t that awesome?!
In conclusion, even though we all fall short, in Christ, we are saints, we are heirs and we co-heirs with Christ of God’s glory.