March 23rd 2019

Heaven on Earth Part 3

Good morning Church family!
This morning we’re going to look at probably the most famous of all parables, that’s been called The Prodigal Son.
My goal for this series is to help shed some light on things we’ve read before and dive deeper into how can we live them out as a Christian, as a Church in our community.
Jesus gave us a model in how to pray in Matthew 6

Main Scripture Verses

Luke 15:1-3

Luke 15:11-32

Speaker

Pastor Vince Farrell

Senior  Pastor 

 

Heaven on Earth – Part 3

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Good morning Church family!
This morning we’re going to look at probably the most famous of all parables, that’s been called The Prodigal Son.
My goal for this series is to help shed some light on things we’ve read before and dive deeper into how can we live them out as a Christian, as a Church in our community. Jesus gave us a model in how to pray in Matthew 6
So when you pray, you should pray like this:‘Our Father in heaven,may your name always be kept holy. 10 May your kingdom comeand what you want be done,here on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:9-10 NCV

Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

When you and I gave our lives to Christ and our spirit was made new, we also signed up to the process of our mind being transformed. The first step in that journey is to agree and subject our lives to the authority of God’s Word.

A relationship with God happens through His word.

So, over the next few weeks, I want us to look at some of the teachings and parables that Jesus spoke to give us insight on how to live here on earth while filtering our lives with a Heaven mindset.
This morning on your YouVersion notes I’m going to do something a little different to see if it helps for your personal note-taking. Rather than give you my personal notes then scripture like usual; today I’m going to give you the passages and some of the highlighted points. I hope this allows you to click on the “add notes” icon to add anything you hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you personally. Let’s look at Luke 15
Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
Luke 15:1-3 NKJV
For the sake of this message the title of “The Prodigal Son” is really an incorrect title for this story and I’d like to share with you what was taught to me by the late Dr. Ken Bailey. He suggests a more accurate title for this parable would be:
“The Compassionate Father and Two Lost Sons.”
Let’s look at Luke Chapter 5:
Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
Luke 15:11-18 NKJV

Rejection of love is the greatest pain a human can know

It’s important to note that many times we read this and believe that the son repented and came home, but as you’ll see the word used for “repent” is never found in this text. This younger son came back because he had a “self-serving plan” Dale Yerton in echoing scripture in 1 John 4:10 when he notes,
“We don’t come to God because we love Him, we come to God because we need something.”
In Luke chapter 15:
and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’ 20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
Luke 15:19-20 NKJV
It’s important to notice the son did not say the third section of his speech, why not? Because his son had a revelation… it’s not about the money it’s about me breaking my father’s heart.
Knowing this, to offer to pay back would just add more insult to injury.
The father gives him 3 items that restore his son to the community and shows to all others that he himself has reconciled the relationship.
  1. Robe: Identity
  2. Ring: Authority
  3. Sandals: Freedom

And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.

Luke 15:21-22 NKJV

It’s at this point the father does what we will call a “Costly demonstration of unexpected love.” He runs to his son….. running is a huge ordeal. Not only does in dishonor himself but he is trying to protect his son from the Kezazah Ceremony of shame.
And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”
Luke 15:23-32 NKJV
The party is not for the returning son, it’s for the success of the Father’s costly efforts of restoration.
The older brother, in essence, does the same thing bringing shame and heartbreak to his father once he finds out there is a party going on. He too directed his hate towards his father by blaming his brother. His dad cuts to the point showing grace to his older son as well.
There are literally a dozen theological lessons and points this singular parable point to but allow me to share with you 5 thoughts to take home and apply to your spirit.

Heaven and Earth: Part 3 Take Home Points

  1. Sin is breaking the law of God and sin is a broken relationship with God while keeping the law.
  2. Compassion is given to both sons and grace is extended again and again.
  3. Jesus addresses the difference between servanthood and sonship.
  4. The family is Jesus’ primary image for the church.
  5. This parable points to the past, present, and future banquet lifestyle.