KISSES FOR THE PRODIGAL
September 20, 2009
Luke 15:11-24 No other parable of Jesus has been so greatly read about, talked about, written about, or preached about. This parable has so many spiritual lessons that we can look at it every week and can teach a different lesson every week for months on end. For this lesson, we will look predominately at the “fathers” response to his sons coming home in verses 20-24. Specifically, in vs. 20 the words kissed him here has the meaning (Greek translation) of kissed him often. We can take some tremendous applications from this beautiful and beloved parable.
KISSES OF LOVE
Luke 15:20 The father in this parable obviously represents God the Father. As in this story, God never gives a Judas type kiss to His children. There is no hypocrisy with God; He never embraces and kisses those for whom He has no love.
A. John 3:16 God’s love cannot be questioned as to His motives or the depths of love for us.
B. I John 3:1 The great spiritual battle separates us from those who choose to be against God.
C. Romans 5:8 The love He has shown toward us is contrary to how the world shows love.
KISSES OF FORGIVENESS
Luke 15:21 This picture of confession by the prodigal is true to the experience of a lost sinner (or a backslider), coming to Christ. Notice that his father kissed him over and over prior to his son confessing his sin. Long before we reach the point of starting to do the right things to make amends for all the wrong we have done, God is quick to see the repentance in our heart and has already forgiven us. As we first “come to ourselves” (vs.17-19), then put feet to our prayer of determination (vs.20), God is chasing us down with His merciful love and forgiveness.
A. Acts 13:38 Peter preached that forgiveness of sins is only through Jesus Christ.
B. Ephesians 1:7 Paul tells us that it is the redeemed that have forgiveness by God’s grace.
C. I John 1:9 John reminds us that though we are saved and redeemed, we still need to confess
our sins in order to stay in fellowship with our Savior.
D. Psalms 103:12; Micah 7:19 Once we are saved by the blood of Christ our sins are gone.
KISSES OF RESTORATION
Luke 15:22 In the story we see that the prodigal was going to say to his father “make me as one of thy servants”, but with kisses of love, forgiveness, and restoration the father said “you are my son”.
A. II Corinthians 5:18 Just as the prodigal is reconciled with his father, Christ made it possible for us to be reconciled to our heavenly Father. Each one of us have become reconcilers.
B. Titus 3:5 God our Father showed us compassion and mercy when we did not deserve either.
KISSES OF JOY
Luke 15:23-24 As we conclude the reconciliation of the father an the son, we see the tremendous parental joy in the returning of fellowship and family unity with his son.
A. Proverbs 23:24 Solomon tells us there is great joy when a son has chosen the right way.
B. Luke 15:4-7 In contrasting the illustration of sheep with lost sinners, Jesus explains the overwhelming joy that is displayed in heaven when a soul receives Christ as savior.