July 19, 2020

The Prodigal Son

Pastor: Johnny Caruso Topic: father, Love Scripture: Luke 15

Message: The Prodigal Son
Scripture: Luke 15

In Luke 15 there are three different stories. 

Story 1 - The Lost Sheep

  • Luke 15:6-7

Story 2 - The Lost Coin

  • Luke 15:9-10

Story 3 - The Lost Sons and the Father

  • "and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate" Luke 15:23

The Hearers

"Now the tax collector and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, 'This man receives sinners and eats with them.'" (Luke 15:1-2)

Four different kinds of people: 

  • Tax Collectors
  • Sinners
  • Pharisees
  • Scribes

The Story

1. The Sinful Living

Oy Vey - A word that expresses grief, pain, frustration, or exasperation

"And he said, 'There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them." (Luke 15:11-12)

Oy Vey #1

"Father give me the share of property that is coming to me." (Luke 15:12)

Oy Vey #2

"And he divided his property between them." (Luke 15:12)

Oy Vey #3

"Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squanderd his property in reckless living." (Luke 15:13)

Oy Vey #4 - Pigs

Jewish dietary laws strictly forbid eathing pigs. (See Leviticus 11:7-8)

2. Brokenness and Repentance (See Luke 15:17-20a)

"Oh, my God, I am ashamed and embarrased to lift up my face to Thee, my God, for iniquities have risen above our heads and our guilt has grown even to the heavens." (Ezra 9:6)

The Father

"And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still along way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him." (Luke 15:20)

3. The Reconciliation

Oy Vey #5

  • The father ran. (So why did he do it?)
  • He embraced him.
  • He kissed him.

That father is doing exactly what Jesus did. He came down into our village to run the gauntet and bear the shame and the slander and the mockery to throw His arms around us and kiss us and reconcile with us. 

"the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son." (Luke 15:21)

Oy Vey #6 - The preparation for the party. 

"Bu the father said to his servant. 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it and let us eat and celebrate.'" (Luke 15:22-24)

  • Bring the Robe
  • Bring the Ring
  • Bring Shoes
  • Kill the Fattened Calf
  • Let's Celebrate

(See Luke 15:24)

The Older Brother

"Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing." (Luke 15:25)

"And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in." (Luke 15:27-28)

"But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him," (Luke 15:28)

"but he answered his father, 'Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!" (Luke 15:29-30)

"And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is your. I was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was los, and is found.'" (Luke 15:31-32)