Mon, 17 September 2012
September 16, 2012
Jesus’ Story of the Waiting Father
Synopsis: Many remember the 15th chapter of Luke because of the three parables of lost things. I believe all three parables are stories Jesus told about God. No, God is not lost but the image of a shepherd searching for his lost sheep, a woman searching for her lost coin, and a father waiting for his sons all contain clues to understanding God our Heavenly Father.
Luke sets the context for these parables in the first two verses. There are two elements in the setting. One element, sinners coming to Jesus and finding acceptance, is found in all three stories. The other element, the religious crowd upset by the acceptance of sinners, is only found in the final story.
My sermon today features the Father who waits to welcome home the younger prodigal and old son. There is a banquet/party waiting for all who will come. Are you coming?
Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 15:11-31
Scripture Reading: Luke 15:1-2