A Father and Two Lost Sons Pt 2. Luke 15:22-32
Scripture: Luke 15:22-23
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. Part 2 picks up the narrative where the honoring of the prodigal the by the father included placing the finest robe on the undeserving younger son. He also put a signet ring on his hand meant that the whole village would have to accept the younger son and not force him to go through a gauntlet of mockery. Many details of this parable include echoes from Israel's past, some of which are mentioned in this sermon. Killing the fattened calf was a rare event that would only happen when there was a glorious celebration.
The older son is the focus of the end of the parable. The details of this include the father making a loving appeal to the older son as well. The end the parable as is left open. We do not know whether the father's appeal was heeded. The point is that God in Christ bore the shame, insults and mockery so that repentant sinners, (the found) are brought to life and given the joy of Messianic salvation. There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents. It was necessary to rejoice. The main point of application concerns the Lord's Supper as a celebration of Messianic salvation. We also must remember not to make false judgments about those who come to Christ. The Lord's Supper is a table fellowship for the found.