"Prince of Peace" painting by Akiane Kramarik when she was 8 years old.

Today: Psalms 45:1-9; Luke 15; Deuteronomy 19 & 20

Psalms 45

“My heart is moved with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. You are the most handsome of the sons of mankind.” Psalms 45:1

This beautiful passage is a love song to Jesus; it reads like fawning fan mail… You are so handsome, and strong! Everything you do is true, humble, and righteous. You smell so wonderful. Everyone loves you!

I get it; I feel that way about Jesus too!!

"The Good Shepherd" painting by Sieger Koder

Luke 15 – Lost and Found

These are three of Jesus’ most beautiful parables; they describe God’s love for us. Jesus told them in response to the Pharisees complaints about Him hanging out with “sinners.” Jesus’ point is that He was there to save these very people, the “sinners.” Of course, we are ALL sinners, including the Pharisees. But only those who are aware of their own sinfulness understand their desperate need for a Savior.

All three parables describe something lost — a sheep, a coin, a son — that was then found again. “There will be more joy in heaven,” Jesus said, “over one sinner who repents than over ninety nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” (v.7) “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (v.10) “‘…this son of mine was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.” (v.24)

Jesus told three stories in a row with exactly the same ending. The message is clear. There is a fantastic celebration in heaven whenever someone comes to Jesus. Think about that for a moment. If you know Jesus, there has been a celebration in heaven… for YOU!

The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son parable is hands-down my favorite of Jesus’ parables, because it is about ME!

I spent many years squandering my life, trying to find happiness in all the wrong things — partying, drugs, sex, rock-n-roll (you know, the normal stuff…). None of those things were the answer (surprise, surprise) and I ended up in a “severe [spiritual] famine.”

I finally “came to [my] senses” and went back to my Father, head down, tail tucked between legs, to beg for forgiveness, to tell Him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your [daughter].” (v.18-19)

But my Father welcomed me! He embraced me and gave me an honored place at His holy table!! Thank YOU, my Heavenly Father, for your amazing forgiveness!!!