Wed, Mar 07, 2018

Prodigal Pt. 2

Luke 15:25-32 Prodigal Pt.2

 

25-27: Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near the house, he heard music and dancing. (26) And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. (27) And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’

 

v.28A: But he was angry and refused to go in…

 

All of us need forgiveness, because we have ruined our relationship with our father God.

 

Is the lack of joy in my life, due to comparison and judgmental thoughts that I have for others?

 

Psalm 103:13–14 (ESV) — 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

 

Luke 15:29 (ESV) — 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.

 

Psalm 130:1–4 (ESV) — 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! 2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

 

Billy Graham: “One time I was in the hospital and my whole life flashed before my eyes and at the end, I couldn’t say that I am a preacher, I’ve preached to many people, but I could only say,  I am a sinner, I still need forgiveness, I still need the cross.”

 

 

Luke 15:30 (ESV) — 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’

 

There was a sense in which the older son was obedient, yet far from his father’s heart. In this sense he was a perfect illustration of the religious leaders who were angry that Jesus received tax collectors and sinners. “His story reveals the possibility of living in the father’s house and failing to understand the father’s heart.” (Morgan)

 

Luke 15:31–32 (ESV) — 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’ ”