THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
24. Unveiling the Saving Love
of the Triune God toward Sinners
a. By the Parable of a Shepherd Seeking a Sheep
1 Now all the atax collectors and sinners were drawing near to Him to hear Him.
2 And both the Pharisees and the ascribes bmurmured among themselves, saying, This man welcomes csinners and deats with them.
3 And He told them this 1parable, saying,
4 Which man of you, who has a ahundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the 1bwilderness and go after the one which is clost until he dfinds it?
5 And when he finds it, he 1lays it on his ashoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he comes into his house, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was alost.
7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one asinner repenting than over ninety-nine brighteous persons who have no need of repentance.
b. By the Parable of a Woman Seeking a Coin
8 Or what woman having ten 1silver coins, if she loses one silver coin, does not light a 2lamp and 3sweep the house and 4seek carefully until she finds it?
9 And when she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I lost.
10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the aangels of God over one sinner repenting.
c. By the Parable of a Father Receiving His Son
11 And He said, A certain man had two sons.
12 And the younger of them said to the father, Father, give me the 1share of the estate that falls to me. And he adistributed to them his 2living.
13 And not many days after, the younger son, having gathered everything together, went abroad to a 1distant country and there squandered his estate by living 2dissolutely.
14 And when he had spent all, a severe famine occurred throughout that country, and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to 1feed hogs.
16 And he longed to be asatisfied with the 1carob pods which the hogs were eating, and no one gave him anything.
17 But when he acame to himself, he said, 1How many of my father's hired servants abound in bread, but I am perishing here in famine!
18 I will 1rise up and go ato my father, and I will say to him, Father, 2I have sinned against bheaven and cbefore you.
19 I am 1no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your 2hired servants.
20 And he rose up and came to his own father. But while he was still a along way off, his father 1saw him and was moved with compassion, and he 2ran and 3bfell on his neck and kissed him affectionately.
21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
22 1But the father said to his slaves, Bring out 2quickly 3the 4best 5robe and put it on him, and put a 6ring on his hand and 7sandals on his feet.
23 And bring the 1afattened calf; 2slaughter it, and let us eat and be merry,
24 Because this son of mine was 1dead and alives again; he was 1lost and has been found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his 1older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing,
26 And calling to him one of the servants, he inquired what these things might be.
27 And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has received him back healthy.
28 But he became angry and was not willing to enter. And his father came out and entreated him.
29 But he answered and said to his father, Behold, so many years I have been 1slaving for you and have never 2neglected a command of yours, and you have never given me a goat that I might be merry with my friends;
30 But when this son of yours came, who devoured your 1living with aharlots, you slaughtered for him the fattened calf.
31 And he said to him, Child, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
32 But we had to be merry and rejoice, because this brother of yours was 1dead and has come to life, and he was lost and has been found.