A Father and Two Lost Sons Pt 1: Luke 15:11-21
Scripture: Luke 15:11–15:21
To help us better realize the profundity of the ‘crucified Lord of glory’ of 1 Corinthians 2:8, we are reviewing the famous section of Luke often called the “Parable of the Prodigal Son.” This parable is about two lost sons. The youngest son made an disgraceful demand that was granted by his father. We reference the work of Kenneth E. Bailey who shows just how unheard of this would be. The father grants the demand and also gives the younger son the right of possession and disposition. The horrible situation of this son answers those who criticized Jesus for dining with sinners (Luke 15:1-10). The details of what happened was shocking to anyone who heard it. The father in the parable is God in Christ reconciling sinners. The father in the parable bore the shame that would have been heaped upon the lost, younger son. The key point of all of Luke 15 is that there is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents. This wicked sinner was reconciled by God’s love and mercy, not his ability to work off his debt.