Restoration of the Prodigal

Luke 15:20-23 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (21) And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ (22) But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. (23) And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate.

  • Here it is, he arose and came to the Father. If we do not move, we will never accomplish anything. He coild have sat forever with the pigs thinking about his father but nothing would change till he took action.
  • The father saw him. He was looking for him. I can just see the older man standing out on the road each day looking down the way his son went, waiting and hoping to see him coming back up the road. Then one day…!
  • He ran to him. He had to tuck his robe in his belt and show his legs to run to his son,how undignified! How unbecoming! How loving!
  • He hugged his neck. He was a rebellious son! The elders at the city gate would be waiting for the father to come before them to stone him. Instead he hugged his neck. If you want to stone him, you have to come through me. He is my son! I love him.
  • He restored the son. He gave him the ring: the family signet. He is part of the family. He gave him shoes, only slaves went around barefoot. He gave him the best robe, that would be on of the father’s own robes. Jesus died for us to take our sins and give us his righteousness.
  • He celebrated. He killed the fatted calf. By which Christ is designed, in allusion to the calves offered in sacrifice, which were offered for sin offerings, and for peace offerings, and for burnt offerings; and were one of the sacrifices on the day of atonement: so Christ has offered up himself.

Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

Was dead – Lost to all good – given up to all evil. And he is found alive, returned safely to him and it is reason to celebrate.

Excerpt from A Time to Come Home: Lessons from he life of a prodigal son | Listen to sermon


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