Summary: To establish it is our decision as a result of God’s goodness to come into His house. This parable rebukes the Pharisees and scribes for their self-righteousness and despite for others.
1. The Father’s Resilience
2. The Younger Son’s Restoration
3. The Elder Son’s Rejection
1. In our lesson today we are going to be discussing this theme: “Son, Come in the House.” The part of Los Angeles where I was raised, we would ask our guest at the door: “won’t cha comin?” We are going to be discussing a needed behavior the church must exhibit to its entire membership and to the world, if it will call, win, and restore the lost and the erring. As this parable begins, with the Master is criticized by the religious leaders for receiving sinners, and eating with them,” verses 1-2. The Lord was displaying His compassion for the sinners – while the Jewish leaders had only contempt for them. The Pharisees and scribes: “trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others,” Luke 18:9.
2. In our first point we will consider, the Father’s resilience with his sons. We will notice the love, patience and compassion of the father. Clearly, the Lord is describing the true nature and behavior of God, our heavenly Father. These religious leaders had lost the real meaning of the nature and love of God. This father had a heart of love and compassion for both sons. The younger son would learn after leaving home; he left the greatest privilege and blessing – the fellowship with his father. The elder son while living at home could not see the real blessings he was wasting in his father’s house.
3. In our next point, we will look at the younger son’s restoration by the Father. This son would learn that all that he desired was already his – at home. He had to leave home to realize how blessed he really was in his father’s house. We don’t know what all was involved in causing him to leave home – but, it was abundantly clear all that happened to him in a “far country” – that directed his attention one day to return to his father’s house. This story ends joyfully. He who once was dead is now alive again; he who was once lost is now found. This young man’s story ended with his father accepting him back home. He was blessed again to “come into the house.”
4. In our last point, we will describe the elder’s son rejection of his brother. This son would exhibit the behavior of the religious leaders of this day. He was self-righteous, self-serving and critical of the faults and mistakes of his younger brother. When he drew near the house “he heard music and dancing.” He would learn that his younger brother had returned home “safe and sound;” but would not find joy in his return. The father came out of the house to entreat him and perhaps ask: “won’t cha comin the house?” When this story closes this son would not “come into the house.” He would not join the celebration going on inside. This story closes with the elder son on the outside of the father’s house.