Summary: God is reckless in his love for you. When Christ cried out from the cross God did not answer because he chose you. I don’t know what kind of a father you had in the past. I know the father you can have now.
The Prodigal Father- Amazing Grace
We begin a series on Grace. I recommend the book what’s so amazing about grace by Philip Yancey.
The first lesson is on the prodigal Father. I use the word prodigal in describing the father because prodigal means reckless. A prodigal does what he wants. The prodigal son went off and lived how he wanted. The prodigal father does not do what is expected. Instead he does what he wants.
Eph.1:2-8 See the reckless love God has for us. It was his pleasure to poor out grace upon grace towards us.
An artist painted a picture of Niagara Falls- he didn’t name it. The gallery named it more to come. That is God’s grace- There’s more to come.
Every New Testament letter Paul wrote does not get more than seven verses into the first chapter before he says something about God’s grace.
Some have been reluctant to preach about grace. One book I read said that once a church discovers grace they discover little else meaning that they quit doing anything for God. To them I say they have not discovered grace but a cheap lie from the depths of hell. Grace is the most and purest motivating force in the world. If you cannot be moved by the grace of God then someone needs to close the casket.
Let us embark on the journey of discover God’s reckless love for weak and pathetic humans. The Bible is the story of God’s relentless pursuit of man. In Genesis God asked where are you and he continues to do so today.
I. The Father of Compassion
A God chose to be known as Father
1 Rom. 8:12-17
a Sinful nature. Spirit of God- Cry Abba Father
b Russian orphan-“Leada needs a mommy” longing for love
c I had a great Dad. He taught me how to live- He taught me how to Die.
1 Fell off a cliff and out of nowhere Dad was there.
2 Lost in the mountains- Dad sat by the fire all night.
3 Held his hand hen He died.
4 I want to be like that!
2 1John 3:1
a children of God- That’s what we are.
b Maybe you didn’t have a great father figure in your life. You do now!
c Adopted children have the fear that they will never be truly loved.
B God of Compassion
1 Luke 15
a V.12- Give me- I wish you were dead
b V.20- long way off- filled with compassion- God ran
a Rejoicing in heaven over one- me.
b Grace- God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense
c When Jesus cried out form the cross- My God, My God the heavens were silent. God didn’t answer. God chose me.
3 Parents which would you choose.
a Hurricane Katrina I met a grandmother who was clinging in the flood waters to her husband and a grandchild. She didn’t have the strength to hold both. She let her husband go. She felt her grandchild deserve a chance to live.
4 Of all the titles that could be given to God such as the Almighty Jehovah, The great and powerful creator of the universe- He chose Daddy. The God of compassion.
III The God of all Comfort 2Cor.1:3
A Isaiahs view of God’s comfort
1 Isa. 53:5
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed