Summary: The Rebellious will always end up in the pig pen of sin if they remain in their rebellion.
THE REBELLIOUS SON
A. An ACCUSATION brought against Jesus more than any other was: "He is a FRIEND of SINNERS!"
1. Luke 15:1-2 (READ and COMMENT)
A lump must have SWELLED in the throat of Jesus and tears WELLED in His eyes. Before Him were people from all walks of life: TAX-COLLECTORS, PROSTITUTES, THIEVES, LIARS, SABBATH-BREAKERS, people who were SHUNNED, FORSAKEN, RIDICULED people who were like "SHEEP without a SHEPHERD."
Of course, in that same CROWD were the SELF-RIGHTEOUS, SELF-PROMOTING, "HOLIER-THAN-THOU" Pharisees who did nothing to HELP these SINNERS, only OSTRACIZE them. Now they CRITICIZE and BELITTLE Jesus because He received those SINNERS.
Why would these people come to Jesus? He was an ITINERANT PREACHER, the son of a poor carpenter, what could He possibly bring to these people? Why wouldn’t they go to the Pharisees, they were the RELIGIOUS LEADERS?
They did go to the Pharisees, but left SPIRITUALLY BUTCHERED. Here we see people PRESSING around Jesus that they might hear Him. They were thirsting for GRACE and HOPE, none of which they received from the Pharisees. Jesus gave them exactly what they came for--GRACE and HOPE.
2. Jesus came to REVEAL God, God’s AMAZING GRACE, the REVELATION that God will RUN to FORGIVE and SAVE.
B. The PRODIGAL SON is a story we’ve heard many times.
1. It is the GOSPEL in miniature.
a. It speaks of the FALL of man and the FORGIVENESS of God.
b. It is the AMAZING GRACE in one chapter.
2. Although we call this the parable of the PRODIGAL SON, in reality it should be called the parable of the FORGIVING FATHER. That is where the EMPHASIS is.
C. Today we will study about the REBELLIOUS SON, next week about the FORGIVING FATHER, and then the third week about the COMPLAINING BROTHER.
I. TRAGEDY IN THE DISTANT COUNTRY- Luke 15:11-16 (READ)
A. This story begins with the younger son’s REBELLION against his father.
1. He comes to his father and says, "You know the INHERITANCE that belongs to me; I want it NOW!"
a. The tragedy with this young son is that he wanted what his FATHER had, but didn’t want his FATHER.
b. This is the PHILOSOPHY of today.
Modern Americans want LOVE without MARRIAGE. Man wants FREEDOM without RESPONSIBILITY. We want people to GIVE to us without our SERVING them. There are some Christians who want CHURCH BENEFITS without the CHURCH. There are even those who want FORGIVENESS without REPENTANCE and OBEDIENCE!
2. Notice that the FATHER didn’t ARGUE with his son, but gave to him what he asked.
As difficult as it might be for us to understand, when someone THREATENS to LEAVE Jesus Christ, sometimes the best thing to do is to PRAYERFULLY step aside.
There are some people who are just HARD-HEADED. They have to learn the lesson of the PIG-PEN for themselves. Your WARNINGS, regardless of how STERN and how SINCERE, mean nothing. They have to experience the SEPARATION--the LOSTNESS--for themselves.
B. The younger son takes his MONEY, packs his BAG, and goes off to a DISTANT COUNTRY.
1. When the son went out the DOOR he really didn’t leave HOME, he LEFT his FATHER.