Summary of the Lost son message

September 2nd, 2013

the-prodigal-son1Yesterday I preached on the Parable of the Lost Son from Luke 15:11-32. You can get a copy of it here.

I worked out that it was 5 years and 10 months since I had done a stand up sermon in a church setting. Most of my messages in that time have been seated in a house church type setting. They are much more informal and interactive, so it was good to be “up front” again.

Today I thought I would share the closing summary of the message I brought.

Summary

This parable of the lost son, gives us a great picture of God’s welcoming love for us all. In the first part (verses 11-24) we saw the sense of joy and restoration when the lost son is found. In the second part (verses 25-32) we saw the wrong attitude of the elder brother. Like the Pharisees, he could not comprehend the meaning of forgiveness and acceptance of “unclean” people. While all along the father remains constant in his love for both sons.

By telling the story Jesus identifies himself with the Heavenly Father in his loving attitude to the lost. Jesus represents the Triune God and their joint mission of bringing the world back to Themselves. Like the father in the story who was overjoyed, it should bring joy for us as Christians when someone comes home to Him. We can never be like the older brother or the Pharisees who are not welcoming of people outside the church or outside the faith. God welcomed us, we need to welcome others too.

God Bless,

Dave