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    'The Heart of Jesus' by Pastor Vern

    March 2, 2018

    Luke 15: 11-32                                                      

    The third story of Jesus is compelling as He talks about kingdom priorities

    Background

    • Jesus is travelling and is seeing lots of people
    • People have heard of him and are coming to him
    • Religious leaders are in the crowd and not pleased
    • They ignore needy people and Jesus did not
    • Their accusation - ‘he welcomes and eats with sinners’
    • Invitation to eat together -  assumptions
      • Spend time getting to know someone
      • Permission to be together in relaxed manner
      • Potential  to open up and share life stories
      • Usually reserved for friends
      • Jesus used this time to begin a conversation and friendship

    Loses – Def:

    • Vrs 1-7 lost – missing, unable to return without help, wrong turn, can’t find way back
    • Vrs 8-10 lost – misplaced, inattention, safe place but forgot where
    • Vrs 11-32 lost – willful leaving, wandering, turn away, choice to leave, run away

    Luke 15: 11-32       

    Parable of Lost Son

    1 The youngest son chooses to leave the safety of home – vrs 11-20

    • Requests his inheritance and leaves
    • Wastes everything he has been given
    • Needs to work because he lost it all

    2 The Father always had the desire to see the lost son return home – vrs 20-24

    • Willing to let the son leave even though concerned
    • Continued to have healthy home
    • Looked down the road for the return of his son

    3 The older brother had issues with the idea of ‘welcome home’ – vrs 25-32

    • Didn’t look for or want it aby part of restoration
    • Resisted or argued against the Fathers ‘open arms’ policy
    • Didn’t join in the celebration

    Application

    • People who have been part of the kingdom think about what they have lost and the possibility of returning
    • The Father is always anticipating lost people to return and runs to greet them and celebrate the joy of the kingdom
    • The issue of the older brother confronts each of us as we deal with our own baggage
      • Jesus does not have issues with forgiveness but sometimes we do
      • Jesus does not hold back on ‘welcome home and come on in’ or celebration

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