Our perspective about what God is like deeply affects our relationship with him. Is he a distant, immovable being or does Jesus give us a different view of God? God is more upside down and different than many of us realize.
The Pharisees are part of Jesus’ audience here in Luke 15. They were confident in their own righteousness and thought they were judges of those who were also part of Jesus’ audience, the prostitutes, “sinners,” and tax collectors.
Jesus tells a couple of short stories about God looks for the lost. We cannot put our trust in how we feel, rightness of beliefs, or rightness of behavior. We need to become humble and loose all claims of superiority. God searches like the shepherd and the woman in these parables. He desperately searches for us and shows us his great love.