Jesus was a profound story-teller. We refer to his stories as “parables” which we have defined as “earthly stories with heavenly meanings.” Jesus didn’t merely tell stories to entertain his listeners. He told these stories to prove a point, demonstrate a principle, or simply reveal to the hearers something about the heart of the heavenly Father: what He thinks, how He works in the world, and what He considers to be important. While set into the context of first century Judaism, these stories have something to say to people of every age. So we pray, “Lord Jesus, tell me a story. Help me to listen and apply the story to my own life and circumstances.”
Today’s story is the gospel in the Gospel of Luke! It is a story about a wayward child. It is a story about a waiting father. It is the story about the astonishingly wonderful grace of God!
Romans 8:12-17 (Life in the Spirit)
Luke 15:11-24 (Parable of the Prodigal Son)