Jesus looked at the people, and his heart went out to those who were lost. And so he said to those listening, ‘What woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? Or what farmer, having lost a sheep, does not leave the others and search high and low until he rescues it?
What woman, having lost her car keys, does not search the whole house, turning even the furniture upside-down until she finds those keys? Or what man, having lost the TV remote control, doesn’t shove his hand down the back of every armchair, every sofa, into the fluff and the grime and the old biscuit crumbs and rotting apple cores, until he finds and retrieves the precious thing?
In the same way, your heavenly father has sent his son to come looking, searching high and low for those who are lost, and for those who have mislaid hope, purpose, meaning and direction. And will not that son do all he can, even going all the way to death, and out the other side, in order to rescue and to save that which is lost?
And so, next time you find yourself hunting high and low, for coins, or sheep, or keys, or TV remotes, let it be a reminder, that the son of God is looking too, searching for those who need rescuing. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, not afraid of the dark dismal places. And whenever each one is found, so there is a celebration in heaven. Just as you are happy and relieved, and celebrate when you find the precious things you have lost.’
Revisiting Luke 15 vv 1-10