Summary: Sermon the Prodigal Son - Luke 15:20-24 Preached for a youth/children's Sunday for a mixed audience.
Full Text Reading: Luke 15:20-24 (NLT)
The first thing that popped into my mind when studying this was the idea of “inheritance”, how about a nice fat bank account to sit on? Doesn’t everybody want that? The cool thing about inheritance is that you don’t have to do anything to receive it. But it’s not only this son who has an inheritance. We too have an inheritance, it’s this guarantee of life. Think about it as the greatest insurance policy ever, you don’t have to pay any ridiculous premiums or sign on the dotted line, all you have to do is commit to the loyalty and submission of being a child of the Most High. No one is exempt from this guarantee of life. It’s for everyone. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the World, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
There’s nothing we can do to receive this guarantee – no works of our own hands, no bribes, no nothing. Because our Father meets us where we are – He too waits day in and day out for us to return and picks up His robes to run to us as He see’s us coming in the distance. He loves us even though we’re broken and dirty we’ve been living in defilement.
Romans 5:6 tells us that, “when we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.” Christ made the first step, it was Him who prepared our way home.
Luke 15:24 tells us that when we get home, our Father is throwing a party, “’we must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.”
In this Call Home or journey back to our Father, we must realize that it is we who were dead, or unfortunately, are still dead. We’re lost in our transgressions and iniquities – while we’re dead, we don’t realize it – we walk around with the behavior that it’s God who is dead! God’s not dead, He’s alive! Not only is He alive but He’s made the initiative and He’s whistling you home. He’s ready to meet you where you are in your filth and rags. He’s preparing a celebration of holiness and a feast of righteousness – this is worth more than new sandals and fine robes, it’s a guarantee of life. A guarantee of life through Son’s birth, life, atoning death, and resurrection – it’s an embrace for eternity. Now I don’t know about you all here, but I want the feast and the all-encompassing joy that awaits me. I’m going home . . . Won’t you come with me?
If you want to come with me but don’t have any idea on how to get there, I want you to come forward. Maybe you think you’ve spent God’s love on bad choices, if that’s you, I want you to come forward – if you can’t come up, I want you to find me right after the service today.