Jesus’ last parable in this series follows the same pattern of something lost, something found, rejoicing, and then the main point. In this parable, Jesus emphasizes the Father’s rejoicing through the image of a father rejoicing over the return of his lost son. The Pharisees, on the other hand, refuse to rejoice.
This is the second parable in a series of three that Jesus used to expose the Pharisee attitude toward sinners. In this sermon, we’ll contrast the Father’s joy over repentant sinners with the Pharisees’ scorn.
What brings you joy? Is your heart in the same place as the Father’s? Through a series of three parables, Jesus rebukes the grumbling Pharisees because they resent His ministry to sinners. But as we’ll learn in this companion series to the book of Jonah, God is glorified when the ungodly are justified.