You Can’t Outrun His Grace

Kevin DeYoung | June 8, 2015

Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt from His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, co-published by The Gospel Coalition and Crossway, co-edited by D. A. Carson and Kathleen Nielson. 

Jesus speaks of his mission in light of the lost in three parables in Luke 15. In each of the parables, Jesus introduces us to a main character. First, in verse 4, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep . . . ?” Then, in verse 8, “Or what woman, having ten silver coins . . . ?” And again in verse 11, “There was a man who had two sons. . . .” The point is not to say that God is a shepherd, a woman, or a father. Rather, Jesus is comparing their attitudes and actions with God’s attitudes and actions. If a shepherd is like this, if a woman is like this, and if a father is like this, how much more is God like this?

So what do we learn about God in Luke 15? 

The Lost Sheep 

First, we learn that seeks and saves. We see this clearly in each of the parables. Jesus begins with the shepherd—strong, tender, seeking the stray. The parable is…

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