Summary: The Father and the son in the story of the Prodigal Son shared a common trait - What was it?

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Resurrection 2004 – Homecoming

• In the story of the prodigal son we read about one of two sons who wasted his life with extravagant living

• Went to his father to ask for his inheritance

• Goes off and spends the lot on wine and loose women

• It seems the son had inherited a family trait – what trait was that?

Luke 15:11-32 (NLT)To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

• I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I would have responded in the same way as the father to this request

• How offensive is it to say to your father, virtually saying, “I wish you were dead”

• it was bad enough when our son David made a call from Switzerland asking for $1,000.00, a call I asked him not to bother making

• He had worked in England for 6 months saving his money so he could travel around Europe

• He was expecting $3000.00 back in tax from the Inland Revenue and it hadn’t arrived – so guess who was next on the list

• He has since paid it back

• But the prodigal son had some gall fronting up to his father and asking for his inheritance

13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.

• Sooner or later life catches up on us doesn’t it, the money runs out, a drought happens

15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. 16 The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

17 “When he finally came to his senses,

• Sometimes we don’t see God the great designer working behind the scenes to slowly bring someone to their senses so that they will return to Him

• We may be fretting and praying for our children, but we need to trust God for His timing and His plan for their lives

• He is the perfect father and He loves our kids more than we possibly can

he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.” ’

• Not to often this happens in life where a child admits to their parents they have messed up big time and apologizes for the grief they have caused their parents

• Susan’s sister’s daughter did this recently

20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

• The scene is one of the father hanging over the front fence scanning the horizon looking for his son to return

• It was humiliating to see a father run anywhere, and especially not towards one who had caused offense

21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.

• Know what was so special about this apology? He recognized his offense against both his father and against God – “Heaven”

• So it was a genuine repentance

22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet.

• Despite the scandal, despite the humiliation, despite the obvious slap in the face, despite the loss of the family inheritance, the father orders the servants to bring out the symbols of “sonship” again

23 And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast,

• The father wanted to celebrate the homecoming of his son and so he puts on the “Mother of all parties”

• Have you guessed what family trait the son had picked up?

24 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.

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