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The four gospels describe Jesus from different perspectives, the book of Luke portrays Jesus as the Son of Man. The genealogy of Jesus, according to Luke, goes all the way back to the first man – Adam. And in so doing validates Jesus as man’s descendant, inheriting man’s nature and characteristics. Luke, however, did not stop with Adam but continued to trace man to his originator – “Adam, son of God,” testifying God Himself as the beginning of all mankind.

Adam being the “son of God,” has not only inherited God’s nature but it also signifies that the father of the human race is God. Yet many of us might have a false impression that humanity is distinctly of its own, where God is considered God-kind and human as humankind. We assume that God is different from us and could never truly relate to us; especially in areas pertaining to our human emotions, we believe that God is stern and impartial and is devoid of any emotions. But knowing that Adam is the “son of God” has clarified many of our misunderstandings. Should anyone deem himself most compassionate, to be compared to God – insignificant, for the love of God is even broader than the oceans! Should anyone regard himself full of affections, in comparison to God – trivial, for the mercy of God is far greater than the universe!

Since the ancestor of Jesus is God, His human nature must have also originated from Him; however, what set Him apart from us is His perfect humanity. Unlike us, He is unblemished and untainted by sin. Should we ever feel disappointed over man’s utter corruptness with no one worthy to look up to, then let us consider Jesus, for He is the role model appointed by God for mankind. In Him there are no imperfections and weaknesses of man. Be it towards man or God, all His words and actions are perfect, setting the example for us to follow.

These three parables though different, they share the same theme. They illustrate the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – the love of the triune God towards sinners. In the parable of the lost sheep, the shepherd represents God the Son; in the parable of the lost coin, the woman represents God the Spirit; and in the parable of the lost son, the father represents God the Father. The love of the Son for sinners has been made known to all through His sacrificial death on the cross. Whereas the Father dwells in Heaven, how then can we come to understand His love for us? In the Old Testament, the Lord Jehovah manifested Himself as the absolutely righteous God and would in no way leave the guilty unpunished. If not for the parable of the lost son told by Jesus, we would never have imagined that our Heavenly Father is the one standing at the heavenly gate waiting for repentant sinners to come home. Of the third person, the Holy Spirit, an invisible force who can neither be seen nor felt; our understanding of Him is either non-existent or vague at best. But through the Lord’s parable of the lost coin, we learn that the Holy Spirit is like the woman who lit the lamp and arched her back, painstakingly searching in the world of darkness for lost sinners. The three parables, in perfect harmony, painted a beautiful picture of God three in one of His great love for sinners.