Mark WS draft.docx - 1 In Luke 15:1-32 Jesus is using three different parables in His teachings The first two parables are short however they go along

Mark WS draft.docx - 1 In Luke 15:1-32 Jesus is using three...

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1. In Luke 15:1-32, Jesus is using three different parables in His teachings. The first two parables are short; however, they go along with the overall theme of all three. The third parable is one that most, even Non-Christians, have heard before. The Parable of the Lost Son is a story that tells of a son who takes his inheritance and leaves his father behind. We see that the son squanders all the inheritance and is left feeding pigs wishing to have what they were eating. The son decides to return and there his father is waiting for his return. His father welcomes him back home with complete forgiveness and love, and throws a party in celebration of his return. Through this parable, Jesus is teaching the love of God. Most would say the main character of this parable is the son who leaves; however, the father is mentioned many more times. The father’s viewpoint is the one that, I believe, Jesus is wanting us to take note of. Just like the father in this parable, God has an inheritance for each of his children. So often, like the lost son, we accept and want that inheritance but want to take it and go on with our lives the way we want to live them. Here we find ourselves just as the lost son, amongst pigs desiring to have what they have. This pig pin that we enter into is our own sin. We are surrounded by our sin and it has consumed and robbed us of everything. It is when we have hit that all time low that we desire to return to God, just as the son wished to return to his father.
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