“The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.'” (Luke 2:10 NIV) Christmas celebrates good news that brings great joy. In Luke’s gospel, we find three things that were lost–sheep, a son, and a coin. Each of these represents something we didn’t lose because Jesus came into this world.
The lost son had everything, but lost his direction and soon found himself where he didn’t want to be. Jesus is our direction.
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:6-7 NIV) Luke 15 tells us about the lost sheep. They all start safe in the pen, following the shepherd and safe, but then sometimes we get too smart for our own good and get caught back up in the stuff that holds us captive, and leave the safe pen and protection we have there. Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He is our protector.
Then we come to the lost coin. While we have the coin, there is value. But when the coin is lost, there is no more value. Because Jesus came, we are not lost, and have great value to God.
“But it is just as the Scriptures say, ‘What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!'” (1 Corinthians 2:9 CEV) We limit our future based only on what we see and know. But God has planned so much more.
Discover more in this teaching by Pastor Joel Pagett.