Friday, July 19, 2019

Good News of Great Joy ~ Part 3 ~ Parables of Joy

In our “Good News of Great Joy” series we have seen that the gospel itself is the good news of great joy because it brings us back into relationship with the most joyful person ever, which is God our Creator. However, while many of us may be familiar with the idea that the gospel expresses God’s love for his lost children, seeing him as joyful in his love may not come so easily.

What that in mind, in this third message of our series, we look at parables Jesus told that clearly reveal God as a joyfully relational person who delights in finding the lost and bringing them home.[1]

The effect on a person of finding the joy of this kingdom is expressed in the parable of the treasure hidden in the field,[2] and the joy of our life with God in the new home Jesus is making for us is expressed in the parable of the three servants.[3]

The overwhelming message is that, the kingdom of God is a matter of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,”[4] and our heavenly Father wants us to enjoy these realities both now and forevermore. These parables are clearly designed to help us in that direction.

© 2019 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8


Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

[1] Luke 15:1-32
[2] Matthew 13:44
[3] Matthew 25:14-30
[4] Romans 14:17

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