- Luke 15:11 - 24
LUKE’S GOSPEL: Learning to be like Jesus! THE PRODIGAL SON, pt.6 – Lesson 63 (Luke 15:11 – 24) 12-2-2018
Luke 15:17 (NASB)
17 “But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!
Dan. 4:34-37 —Nebuchadnezzar Praises God
“After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever.
His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal.
All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him.
He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth.
No one can stop him or say to him,
‘What do you mean by doing these things?’
“When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before.
“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.”
Monday Morning Moment: “In the far country, the prodigal learned the meaning of misery; but back home, he discovered the meaning of mercy.”
Luke 15:24 — for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.
Recognition– he reflected (v. 17-19).
Repentance— “I will arise … I will go … I will say …. (vv. 20-21).
Return—“so he returned to his Father (v.20)
Rejoicing—“They began to celebrate” (v.24)
Acts 17:30 (NLT) 30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. Some biblical components of Repentance:
- Change your mind
- Change your attitude
- Change your actions
- Change your life
Returning to the “old Landmark”………. How to go home:
Revelation 3:1 – 3 (NLT) the church at Sardis (e.g. USA)
“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead.
2 Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.
3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
Proverbs 23:10-35 Amplified Bible (AMP)10 Do not move the ancient landmark [at the boundary of the property]And do not go into the fields of the fatherless [to take what is theirs],
- an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location.
“the spire was once a landmark for ships sailing up the river”
synonyms: marker, mark, indicator, beacon,
- an event, discovery, or change marking an important stage or turning point in something. “the birth of a child is an important landmark in the lives of all concerned”
synonyms: turning point, milestone, watershed, critical point, benchmark
Rejoicing—he came to the father (vv. 20-24).
20 “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
21 “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;
23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.