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The Result of Revival (4 of 13)
Revival is immanent in America. If that be true, there will be certain results coming from that kind of Holy Spirit visitation. The story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 is not of a sinner ''finding'' the father, but of a sinner ''coming back'' to the father. It is the account of one who knew the home, parents, protection, and love of a family, but who ran away from it. He went in sin, but had a revival and came back. Now that's my conviction about it and its implications.
The purpose of Luke 15 was not merely to tell the story of the Prodigal Son but was shared by Jesus to counter criticism. He encountered the criticism of the Pharisees and the scribes who didn't like the fact that Jesus loved and cared for sinners. Luke 15 is no more than Jesus using the sheep, the coin, and the son to illustrate how God will save those who are away and those who are lost. The other side of the story was told, pointing to the fact that the Pharisees are like the older brother. In other words, the ''star'' of Luke 15 is the older brother. Jesus told Luke 15 in order to teach the Pharisees, ''Look, I'm going to tell you who you are like. You are like the older brother.''
Old filthy, dirty sinners still love Jesus. They just love to come to Jesus. But, of course, they can't get saved if they hear only theologians. People say, ''Why don't you quote more theologians?'' Why quote number 4,000 when you can quote number one? Just preach the Bible.
All of the parables in Luke 15 were presented as Jesus gave a rebuttal to the criticism of the Pharisees. The coin was lost, but it was found. The sheep was lost, but it was found. The son was lost, but he was found. The older brother went away, and we do not know if he ever came back. Jesus said that the religious folks ''won't get in.'' He was explaining to them that in this story there was a revival. Something is seriously wrong with those who don't rejoice in revival.
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