Complaint? Or Compassion and Joy? A Condensation of Luke 15

Posted by Matt Postiff August 9, 2012 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Interpretation 

Our church's Bible reading plan has us in Luke 15 today. A few key statements (from NKJV) seem to summarize the chapter well:

And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This man receives sinners..." (15:2)

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents... (15:7)

I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (15:10)

When he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion... (15:20)

And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry, for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. (15:23-24)

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. (15:32)

Personal note: I am very glad that Jesus receives sinners!

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