Sermon from January 13, 2013.
The Setting: verses 11-13
- A father had two sons, and the younger son asked for his inheritance.
- This son then went into a far country and wasted his money.
The Problems Begin: verses 14-16
- A famine took place in the country.
- He got a job feeding pigs.
The Awakening: verses 17-19
- He thought about his father's house.
- He was going to ask his father to make him a servant.
The Return: verses 20-21
- When he was a long way off, his father saw him and had compassion on him and ran to him.
- The son said, I have sinned.
The RESTORATION: verses 22-24
- The father gave his son a robe, a ring, and shoes.
The Epilogue (A Father's Heartbreak): verses 25-32
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ 28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.