Summary: 1st in a series on praying through the Lord's prayer
Opening Narrative about the “prodigal son”
Broken man - age undecernable, unkempt. stumbling and mumbling along a lonely road
“No skill, no right, but please give me a job
Flashback - Putrid smell of the farm
Previous position afforded him luxury
in-&-out of now and past
touches beard - remembers salon
touches clothes - remembers tailor
Remembers to shoes - looks at bare feet
Broken man - stumbling towards sprawling mansion
“just a job sir, just a job
spotted by workers in a forebuilding, they retreat to sound the alarm
Out sprinted a regal warrior, purple ephon pulled up to allow full strides
sandles laced up his legs, worn battle leathers in place, silver hair glinting in the sunlight
Broken man - drops to one knee, in surrender and utter hopelessness, save this job
Warrior - face to face, arms under his arms picks him up.
not to escort away, but to envelop in hug bigger that swallowed him whole
Broken man - “I have sinned against...
Warrior - lips smeared with dirt and filth as he kissed this broken man’s face
as he stares at this broken man through his own tears, the broken man finally begins this statement he has rehearsed each step of his journey
Luke 15:21 - “Father, I have sinned against God and done wrong to you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”
He feels unworthy of his birthright. I deserve NOTHING. Allow me to work for you (which was better than any other job he could find on his own)
The problem is even though the boy is willing to stop being a son, the father is not willing to stop being a father!
Tears glistening on leathered cheeks; a smile shining through a silver beard he pulls him close once again. One arm holding his boy so close that he won’t fall; the other arm holding him so close he won’t doubt.
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. Luke 15:22-24
These words must have shocked this broken man. After all, he had abandoned this father. Squandered his inheritance...
The father, on the other hand, had never given up the hope of finding his child. His child may have been out of his house, but was never out of his heart.
DO NOT MISS THIS!!!
You may be/ may have been willing to stop being God’s child, but God is not willing to stop being your Father.
Of all God’s names, Father is His favorite. We know that because he used it most. Jesus calls him that over 200. His first recorded words refer to his Father’s house (Luke 2:49) His final prayer he says, Father I give you my life (Luke 23:46). In John alone, Jesus repeats this name 156 times. And this is how he teaches us to pray: Our Father.
It was revolutionary for Jesus to refer to God in this intimate way. A commonality now was unheard of before Jesus’ time. New testament scholar, Joachim Jeremias, as quoted by John Stott, discribes how rarely this term was used.