Oct 7, 2018


“There was a man who had two sons” (Luke 15:11).

Who’s the subject of that sentence?   The man. His sons are the object. This is a story of the prodigal father. It’s about a father who is extravagant and recklessly wasteful with his love for his children. If you study this story carefully you’ll figure out that it can tell you more about God than you’ve ever dreamed. 

For years I read this story thinking the son was the center of the attention. Yes we can learn a lot from him. The story of the prodigal father is a story told in 5 scenes.

Scene 1: is set on the family homestead. It’s about the father dividing his property between his two sons.

Scene 2: covers what happens to the younger son who runs to a faraway land to escape father’s house.

Scene 3: describes the interaction between the father and the younger son when he returns home.

Scene 4: picks up with the older son in the field.

Scene 5: is about how the older son returns. Or does he?

Scene 1: “Not long after that, the younger son got together all that he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth on wild living” (Luke 15:13).
Scene 2: Luke 15:13 “He squandered his wealth in wild living”
Scene 3: Luke 15:20 “But while he was still a long ways off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him”.  That’s how the Father feels about us. As His children. He has compassion on us.
The second thing the father does is he kisses his son. The third thing the father does is call for a robe to be put on his son. Fourth thing the father does is call for a ring. Finally, the father says, “Bring the fatted calf and kill it” (Luke 15:23).

The father loves all his children so much that He is willing to do whatever it takes in order to bring us home. Will you come home? Will you let him love you? Will you let him have a close relationship with you? Here’s the great thing about God. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter what you’ve become. The Father is always waiting 'For you to come home'.

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