Text : Luke 15:11-32
To grow in our intimate relationship with our Father God in heaven.
Jesus amazingly presented the God the Father in the story of the prodigal Son. In His different presentation of the Kingdom of God in His sermon, the story of the prodigal son stand out for its uniqueness, because Jesus introduced God the Father to the Jews and Gentiles (multitudes as the audience of Jesus in the sermon in the Mountain) as a very loving Father which in the mind set of the Jews was a vague idea for they knew God as Holy Righteous One. They cannot even utter the name of Yahweh the Holy God. There were some Gentiles and Hellenistic Jews in the crowds listening to Jesus, likewise did not understanding the concept that God is a loving Father.
Here is How God the Father is introduced in the story of the prodigal son. The father in the story depicts the God the Father and two sons – the prodigal son and the faithful son.
God the Father has the heart of understanding – verse 12
God the Father has the heart of forgiveness – verse 18
God the Father has the heart full of love – verse 20
God the Father has the heart full of grace and mercy (the true generosity is from the heart full of grace and mercy) verse 22-23
God the Father has the heart filled with righteous wisdom. verse 24, 31-32
God the Father has the heart that is faithful and Just. verse verse 31-32
The story of the prodigal Son is also the story of the faithful father. Believe Jesus the way He introduced the Loving God the Father because the one who introduced the Father is the God the Son himself. He knew God and Co-existed with God since before the beginning of time. He wanted us to experience the love of the faithful God the Father.