3.12.23 - Prodigal Son

Series: The Gospel of Luke

March 12, 2023
Jay Vanderbur

What is God really like? This is a question that Jesus is constantly butting heads with the religious leaders about in first century Israel. One day the crowds gathered to hear Jesus and He tells one of the most beautiful stories that captures what the heart of God is like - the story of the prodigal son. The prodigal son tried to find satisfaction away from home. He tried to find himself away from the father’s house. But the very things that the prodigal was hoping would fulfill him... well, they failed him. When he reached the bottom, he came to his senses and started to make his way home. Burdened with questions about how badly he had messed up his life, filled with insecurity about how he would be received, the last thing he expected was to see his father running toward him with open arms, welcoming him home. This was forgiveness. This was grace. This was overflowing, unconditional, steadfast love. This is the story that Jesus told to make clear the heart of our Heavenly Father for you and me and all who will listen to His voice! Maybe you have looked for fulfillment apart from the Father’s love... Maybe you have wondered if you are too far gone... Maybe today is the day to turn your heart back toward home.

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