Luke-The Investigative Gospel
The Younger Brother
Astonishingly, Jesus’ message about the kingdom of God and how to enter it resonated not with the religious people of his day but rather with the irreligious people.
However, the parable is really not about a “prodigal son”, it is about a gracious father and two sons.
Sin never delivers what it promises, and the pleasurable life sinners think they are pursuing always turns out to be precisely the opposite: a hard road that inevitably leads to ruin and the ultimate, literal dead end.
I. The Younger Son’s Demand
The division of the father’s wealth normally came at the end of his life.
The younger son has broken the relationship and not the law.
God grants us freedom, even to reject his love.
II. The Younger Son’s Departure
The younger son left the village and his father and older brother, he was very aware that if he lost any money, the entire village would cut him off forever.
Surely, we who know our heavenly father should do all we can to facilitate reconciliation between him and our lost brothers and sisters.
III. The Younger Son’s Decline
When people are rebelling against God, they are certainly squandering his gifts to them.
IV. The Younger Son’s Destitution
At this point, he should have stopped and realized that he was a rebel against his father.
Sin is like that. Satan lures us into doing things that seem satisfying and fulfilling at first. But, eventually, they no longer satisfy. And we are left alone in our misery.
Turn to Him.
Receive His grace.