March 23rd 2019
Heaven on Earth Part 3
Heaven on Earth – Part 3
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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.
A relationship with God happens through His word.
Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:Luke 15:1-3 NKJV
“The Compassionate Father and Two Lost Sons.”Dr. Ken Bailey
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
“We don’t come to God because we love Him, we come to God because we need something.”
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
- Robe: Identity
- Ring: Authority
- 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
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
Heaven and Earth: Part 3 Take Home Points
- Sin is breaking the law of God and sin is a broken relationship with God while keeping the law.
- Compassion is given to both sons and grace is extended again and again.
- Jesus addresses the difference between servanthood and sonship.
- The family is Jesus’ primary image for the church.
- This parable points to the past, present, and future banquet lifestyle.