The Depth of Our Father’s Love Luke 15:11-24 Rev. Diane McGehee

The Depth of Our Father’s Love Luke 15:11-24 Rev. Diane McGehee

I. Introduction

Through this parable we can see the depth of a Father’s love.

      –waiting, expecting, anticipating for his child to return

      –despite the depth of their sin or failure and even the injustice done to Him, God forgives & restores

      –no sin is so great that it can’t be forgiven

      –no wound is too deep, it can’t be healed

      –no life is so broken, it can’t be restored & made beautiful

 II. I Want…

      A. 2 Sons – Younger son comes demanding his inheritance

            1. He had thought about what HE could do w/all he was owed

            2. thought he could do better for himself

            3. KEY: culturally said, “I wish you were dead”

      B. “I want to do what I want with what I have.”

            1. God, I have a right to what I want

            2. God, I can make better choices for my life

            3. God, I’m missing out on so much

            4. I know more than You do…

 **Father, give me…

      D. Father GIVES son his freedom and possessions

            1. didn’t have to

            2. Father allowed son to do what he wanted with life & goods

            3. Father, even tho he knew what was ahead, let him go

      E. Son’s good life – pleasures of sin may last for a season

            1. Son enjoys

            2. Sin can have it enjoyment – for awhile

      F. Restlessness

            1. One sin leads to another because emptiness returns

            2. searching for that moment of pleasure

            3. end result: deeper & deeper bondage & unsatisfaction

                  –or we decide to settle for empty momentary satisfaction that really doesn’t satisfy

 III. Still operating in own plan

      A. Son has nothing

      B. Son – “comes to himself”

            1. has a glimpse of reality

            2. weighs his options: his current situation

            3. his father’s situation

            4. Our realization – maybe God can help us get back on our feet

                  –blessings

                  –abundance

                  –perfect plan for us that fits who we are

      C. Plans how to get himself out of the mess

            1. recognizes his plan didn’t work so well

            2. we can still hold onto our plan – “I can get myself out…”

 IV. Father

      A. During this time the father has been waiting: anticipating, expecting

      B. Moved with compassion

      C. He goes to meet the son – he runs to meet him!                     

            1. Culturally

            2. This father was overcome with joy that

                  a. the one who had been lost to him now restored to him.

                  b. The past forgotten and forgiven in the embrace

            3. From the moment we make the decision to repent, the Lord runs to meet us, opening His arms, full of love—accepting us

      D. Now is when the son fully repents

 V. Clothing changed

      A. Father has best clothes – clothes of the family, put on him

      B. Shoes on his feet

      C. Ring on his finger

      D. Fatted calf – (indicates father’s anticipation for son’s return!)

VI. Celebration –

      A. joy

      B. Proclamation: dead and is alive againg; lost now found

 CONCLUSION:

1. Everything the father did for his son, God will do for you as you move toward Him in sincerity of heart. 

      –He’s waiting, looking, anticipating your return

      –no sin is so great that it can’t be forgiven

      –no wound is too deep, it can’t be healed

      –no life is so broken, it can’t be restored & made beautiful

 2. Acknowledge your desperate need for Him. He will accept you and restore you, just like the father did to the prodigal son.

 3. Or maybe your hurts, past, holds you back from receiving. It doesn’t have to because God is ready to run to you and receive you.



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