I always enjoy the homecoming day so much! It seems to go by so fast, that once it starts, it seems as if it is over! I am so glad to see all of you this morning. You have made our day at Grace by coming to Homecoming celebrations, 2012. I appreciate the wonderful job that Master's Heart does! That will light the fire in your soul! If they don't light your fire your wood is wet! Amen! I would also like to thank each one of you who cooked and brought your magnificent dishes that we are going to enjoy today! Thanks also to Betsy and Keith, and Carolyn for decorating and cooking the meats that we will feast on shortly! And then I would like to thank all of our founding members who are here today! Would you please stand? Let's give them a hand, for without them, we would not be here today!
AS we look at t portion of God's Word this morning, I call your attention to Luke 15. We see here a thrilling homecoming. There was such a celebration in the fact that a son had come home to be with his family! Waldo Emerson said, "It is the greatest short story in the Bible and out of the Bible." It is a comforting story for those of you who have children or grandchildren who have strayed away from the Lord! Maybe you raised your child to come to church, and to love for the Lord, but now they have wondered away from what you instilled in them when they were young. Take comfort knowing that God is always working to bring them back to Himself, as we see in this story. Notice first of all,
1- The Unruly Son
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
Now Jesus is the Master story teller, and He is going to give us a story about a father who had two sons, and one son rebels, and goes away from the father, out into the world! The father had no doubt been good to both sons, as they were brought up, but for some reason, one of the boys grew discontented at home, and wanted to go out to the big city! Little did he know what was awaiting him out there in the world, away from his father's love and care! Let's notice the progression of his discontentment!
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
He requested an unusual thing when he asked his father to give him his share of the estate. Normally an estate was not divided and given to the heirs until the father could no longer manage it well.
The younger of the two sons became tired of staying at home. As has been the case with certain young people ever since (and the situation is deplorable even today), this young man desired to be free from parental restraint. He was convinced that being by himself, away from the eyes of his parents (though the mother is never mentioned in this parable), he would be able to do whatever he wanted, and this "freedom" would make him happy.
Of course, to carry out his plan he ...
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