Luke / Chapter 15 / V1-7


Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke / Chapter 15 / V1-32


All Christians should find these three parables familiar, especially the parable of the lost son. Any passage that has been so frequently preached on would have long been exhausted its interpretations, but to our utter amazement, within these three parables still lie deep and profound spiritual truths that are not yet known. What we have understood previously are only fundamental, yet to touch the key meanings of these parables. If we were to conclude that Romans Chapter 9 is the most intellectually challenging passage in the Bible, then perhaps these parables could have recorded the emotions that far surpass any man can imagine or understand.

Hebrews / Chapter 13 / V9-14


Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.