Reading Bible words is like looking for treasure. Treasure is interesting because one has to find it. The key word is “find”. One tends to take for granted things that are easily accessible and are visible to all. But when the equally rare and precious thing is not easily visible and often is hidden in the unseen, and is only accessible to the one who spends time and effort to ‘find’ it, that thing is really treasured.
So today we read two words which are interrelated. They are twins. the Bible word “lost’ has the implication that it has to be “found”. Jesus spoke on how heaven celebrates when a lost one is found! He uses three stories to illustrate this truth in heaven. No one is thus lost without God sending someone to look for him or her. Once he or she is found, heaven rejoices! Imagine, there is thus hope for every one, that is, no matter how lost you are, you will be found by your loving Father in heaven. In fact He is looking for you now. How awesome!
- Luke 15:6
And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
- Luke 15:9
And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’
- Luke 15:24
for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
- Luke 15:32
It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”