The Father……Luke 15:11  32…..The Parable of the Prodigal Son

We are a strange and unique people

We knowingly do things we know are bad for us to do to ourselves and/or others.

We eat and drink unhealthy “stuff”

We PROCRASTINATE and suffer the consequences

We “FORGET” to make time for God in prayer and Bible Study

We skip going to God’s House for any number of reasons

The wonder why we are weak

We pay the price for bad decisions  – daily

We will leave God, leave His church and leave our relationships with God and His church behind because of some personal reason.

We will often “stick to our guns” or ride our habits all the way down the proverbial drain, all the way to rock bottom.

  1. We allow our sin to separate us from God as we seek to fulfill the desires of our flesh
  2. We need to remember that, much like the Prodigal Brother, we do not have to physically leave to have separation from the Father
    1. Staying put/attending church IS NOT ENOUGH
    2. Serving the father/Serving God IS NOT ENOUGH
    3. Knowing our inheritance is secure IS NOT ENOUGH
      1. NOTHING IS ENOUGH without LOVE
      2. 1 Corinthians 13
    4. We so desperately need to come to the end of ourselves
      1. Subdue the flesh
      2. Break the hardness of our hearts
      3. Yield it all to God
    5. We call this brokenness
      1. It begins by God revealing to us that we are spiritually broken
        1. Wisdom and understanding where we really stand in GODS VIEW not ours or the worlds view.
      2. In our text the Prodigal Son comes to this understanding at his lowest point of life
        1. From the son of the Wealthy Landowner
        2. To the filth of the pig lot
          1. Lonely
          2. Hungry
          3. Broken
        3. Luke 15:17-19 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” ESV
          1. “But When he came to himself”
            1. He woke up
            2. He figured out that HIS PLAN WAS NOT WORKING
            3. God showed him the status of his soul
              1. It was filthy
              2. It was hurting
              3. It was hungering for God
            4. Whatever he thought about his LIFE DIRECTION; he finally figured out that he had messed up and CHANGE WAS REQUIRED
              1. He came to the end of himself
                1. He RETURNED to his father
                2. Biblically we call this REPENTANCE
                  1. We are given the wisdom to see our way is not working
                  2. The Holy Spirit shows us that we are heading in the wrong direction
                  3. God’s Word shows us how God sees us
                  4. We CHANGE OUR DIRECTION
                    1. 180 degrees
                    2. We stop going our way and RETURN TO OUR FATHER
                      1. Trusting He will make it better
  1. What we find WHEN WE FALL INTO GOD’S ARMS amazes us
    1. He has been waiting for our return
    2. He embraces us deep in His arms
    3. He restores our position as His Child
    4. There is celebration
      1. Luke 15:10 “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
    5. We find that our Father loved us all along
      1. When we repent He forgives us
      2. When we repent He restores us
  • When we repent He saves us
  1. Yes, we find out that we were dead
    1. Dead in our sins
    2. Lost from the Father
  2. But, we find out that there is a death that is not permanent
    1. There is a death that we can recover from
    2. There is a death that can die
      1. Killed by ETERNAL LIFE
      2. Resurrection
    3. Failure does not need to be fatal
    4. You can be BORN AGAIN
    5. John 3:4-7 “Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”   ESV
    6. God is BIGGER than LIFE and DEATH
  3. This parable is not about a Prodigal Son…or Brother
    1. This is what we want to hear
      1. Its all about us
    2. Yes, they are there
      1. Running away from their relationship with the Father
      2. Staying close to the Father but not in a close relationship with him

 This parable is about a Fathers Love for His Children

    1. Only the father could give the youngest son his inheritance before his time
      1. Knowing what the impetuous young man would do to philander it all away
    2. Only the Good Father would hurt, mourn and LOOF FOR his wayward child’s return
    3. Only the Father could accept the wandering child back
    4. Only the Father had the power and authority to forgive and restore his son
    5. The Father owned the robe, the ring, the fatted calf and everything else
      1. Only the Father could bestow them on the repentant, returning child
    6. Only the Father could declare a celebration feast
  1. Only the Father is able to destroy death and take away deaths sting and power.
  2. ONLY the Father can declare “My child was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”
  3. This is a parable about God’s Love for US!
    1. YES, we NEED to return to God
      1. As the Prodigal did
      2. QUICKLY – before we find ourselves at life’s bottom
    2. The parable teaches that God is always looking, expecting, waiting for YOUR RETURN to Him!
  4. Where do you stand with God?
    1. Are you running away?
    2. Are you in His house today but so far away?
    3. Have you “Come to yourself?”
      1. Figured out your need for God?
      2. Matthew 5:3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” NLT
    4. Break out of yourself
      1. Repent of your sins
      2. Return to God
      3. Receive the blessing of repentance