Summary: The Prodigal Son and how one lost soul is so important to The Lord
BIBLICAL REFERENCE: LUKE 15: 11-32;1-10
I would like to teach you the meaning of the parable of the "Prodigal
Son". It is found in Luke 15. In this parable it shows you the Great
Love that God has for all His children...and yes..even the ones who are
Lost! In the story of the Prodigal Son we see one who is saved and one
who is lost.
And he (Jesus) said, A certain man had two sons:
And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion
of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And
not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his
journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous
living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that
land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a
citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine
did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said,
How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare,
and I perish with hunger!
God gives us all that heaven has to offer, yet we, like the Prodigal Son
squandered it on all the evils and temptations of this world. We give
into Satan and his evil ways, only to find that we have not only hurt
God, others and ourselves; but find ourselves lost and far removed from
God and His love. We also find ourselves out in a very lonely desert
with no food of the spirit or the living water to quench our thirst. How
empty and lonely we become when we are far removed from that which fills
us with the love and goodness from God. How hungry and thirsty we become
when there is no food to feed our spirits or living water to quench our
thirst for righteousness! Yet, because of our foolish pride and
arrogance we settle for the crumbs that are left for the swine until we
realize that going to God or returning to God is the only way we will be
nourished with the food of the spirit and the living water of
righteousness. The Prodigal son realizing that he has sinned decides to
return to his father and beg his forgiveness.
"I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have
sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be
called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants."
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way
off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his
neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned
against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy
son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and
put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And
bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.
And they began to be merry.
Notice here that the Father already knew his beloved son was coming
home, even though the son was a great distance away. the Father had
great compassion for his son and ran to greet him. He hugged his son
around the neck and kissed him and even though the son said to his
father that he was not worthy to be his son because he had sinned
against heaven and his father, the father forgave him. Then he brought
out the best robe and put it on him and gave him his ring and put shoes
on his son’s feet. The father the ordered a feast of celebration for the
son who was lost but now was found, who was dead but now was alive!
This is exactly what takes place in God’s heaven every time a lost child
finds their way home! God and all of Heaven rejoice!
But there was jealousy!
Why was there jealousy by the older brother? Let’s take a look at the
brother’s reaction when the servant told him that his lost brother had
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the
house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants,
and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is