Pastor Post - April 26, 2023
This Sunday we will look at Luke 15:11-32 as we talk about “The Way Home.”
This parable, commonly known as the parable of the Prodigal Son, is a masterpiece. Last Sunday, we looked at verses 1-10, where Jesus gives us the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin.
In both those parables, we see the same pattern:
- Something of great value is lost
- A passionate search gets underway
- What was lost is found
- A joyous celebration takes place
Of course, those parables are not really about lost sheep or coins, but lost people. As people who are spiritually lost are found, we are to celebrate, just as all of heaven celebrates. What marks a New Testament church is seeking the lost and joyously celebrating when they are found!
Now, in this third parable of Luke 15, Jesus is talking about a Lost Son. But in a way, he is talking about two lost sons. One of them left home. The other never left home, but he was never really home at all.
We’ll look at both sons on Sunday, but most of all we will look at the heart of the compassionate, gracious Father. It is He who shows all of us “the way home.”
I’ll see you on Sunday, with a Bible in my hand.
By His Grace, For His Glory, To The Nations,
Dr. Thurman Hayes, Jr.