Summary: Jesus is a wonderful savior as represented by the prodigal's father
“OH, WHAT A SAVIOR!”
David P. Nolte
Jesus: King of kings and Lord of lords. Virgin born Revelation of God in the form of man. Sinless High Priest. Compassionate advocate and intercessor. Savior of all who believe. And, what a Savior He is!
The text for today is one familiar to all of us. It is one that speaks of our rebellion and separation; it speaks of the Father’s willingness to allow us free-will. It manifests the bleak situation in the far country, away from home and Father. It reveals the action of repentance and restoration. It reveals the gladness of a gracious Father as contrasted with the darkness of an unloving heart. They call it “the Parable of the Prodigal Son” because of the prodigality, the wasteful squandering of resources, of that wayward young man.
“A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.' So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. "Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.” Luke 15:11-16 (NASB).
To me, the key figure is the Father. He provided the wealth; he gave the boy freedom; he kept the light of love burning; he ran to embrace the returning boy; and he provided the royal welcome. He represents our Father, our God, our Lord – our Savior! And Oh, what a Savior is mine!
He is a wonderful Savior!
I. BECAUSE HE SAVES THOSE WHO WANDER:
A. “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.'” I’ll paraphrase the implication of his request: “Hey, Dad – it doesn’t look like you are going to be kicking the bucket anytime soon, and I don’t want to wait until then to inherit, so how about divvying it up premortem?” “So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.”
B. Man! That world out there looked good to this guy.
1. But he viewed it through the eyes of immaturity and naivete.
2. His vision was clouded by false expectations of “the good life!”
3. What he thought would be the epitome of enjoyment turned out to be the depths of despair.
4. He wanted what he wanted when he wanted it which was “Now!” The starry-eyed son wandered from home in pursuit of freedom, fun, food, and the “fantastic life!” Well, that was his plan, but as Solomon said, “Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.” Proverbs 16:1 (MSG).