by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Luke 15:11-24

The Father's JOY! You know where this thought is
found, of course. It is in the fifteenth chapter of
the Gospel of Luke. It is commonly called "The Parable
of the Prodigal Son." But after careful study of this
parable, we come to see that the prodigal son is not
the principal character, nor is he the chief thought.
The chief thought of this story is THE FATHER'S JOY.
It carries with it a wonderful thought that I hope you
will see, particularly those of you who are disturbed
about whether or not you are saved. Let us discuss it
for a few moments.

Jesus said, "A certain man had two sons, and the
younger of them said to his father, Father, give me
the portion of goods that falleth to me. And the
father divided unto them his living. And not many days
after, the younger son gathered all together and took
his journey into a far country and there wasted his
substance with riotous living. And when he had spent
all, there arose a mighty famine in that land, and he
began to be in want, and he went and joined himself to
a citizen of that country who sent him into his fields
to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly
with the husks that the swine did eat, and no man gave
unto him. And when he came to himself he said, How
many hired servants of my father's have bread enough
and to spare, and I perish with hunger? I will arise
and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I
have sinned against heaven and before thee and am no
more worthy to be called thy son. Make me as one of
thy hired servants. And he arose and came to his
father, but when he was yet a great way off, his
father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell
on his neck and kissed him. And the son said unto him,
Father, I have sinned against heaven and in thy sight
and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the
father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe

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