“Another Look at the Prodigal”

I have always thought that Jesus was the Master of the understatement, or understating the issue! He could say so little, yet that “little” had amazing effectiveness then and now. Jesus, for example, spoke seven parables in less than one chapter, (Matthew 13), yet men have written entire books on just one of His parables, trying to explain what He meant.

Entire books have been written on the “Persistent Widow and the Unjust Judge”… Jesus did it in eight verses. It takes me a whole sermon on Sunday morning to do what Jesus articulated in probably two minutes. Need I say more?

All of Jesus’ parables are masterpieces; they clearly reveal the nature of God and that of man. His parables are drawn from everyday things of life that everyone knew about, even children. Yet, they were loaded with the penetrating light and welcomed realism…very simple, but profound, memorable, and life altering.

We have to see ourselves in these parables! We are in them, all of us! Jesus excludes no one. This third and last parable in this short series on “Lives That Please God” will be no exception. We are the stars in this timeless parable of the prodigal, with a twist. I don’t think there is any teaching in the New Covenant that shows in more graphic detail the Father’s Heart, than the prodigal Son…well I take that back…the sacrifice of the Son on the cross, more graphically details the love of the Father.

“Behold what manner of Love the Father has bestowed…” (1 John 3:1)

Pastor Mike