Luke 15:11–24 (NKJV)
11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 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.
The Desire for the Exciting Things of This World
“Give me my portion…”
13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
Decisions, Decisions: the Responsibility that Accompanies Free Will
“…the younger son traveled to a far country…”
The Decisions that Shape Us
14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country,
When the Party Ends
“…when he had spent all…”
and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
Scraping the Bottom
“…sent him into his fields to feed swine.”
When What’s Left is Not Enough
“…he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods…”
17 “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!
God Has a Better Way
“…he came to himself…”
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’
“…I will arise and go to my father…”
A Humble Heart
“I am no longer worthy…”
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.
A Compassionate Father God
“…his father saw him and had compassion…”
21 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.’
A Repentent Heart
“Father, I have sinned…”
Open Arms and Bountiful Blessings
22 “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.
Blessings of Sonship
23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
Fatted Calf (Provision), Festivity (Celebration)
From Death to Life; From Lost to Found
Joy in Heaven