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Judgment Day, is it real? Do I have anything to fear? Is there anything that I can do to prepare for this day?
What has been called “The Parable of the Prodigal Son” is really “The Parable of the Two Lost Sons.” Both sons of the father in this parable are lost. Both are alienated from their father. Both need to be reconciled. Both were only really interested in what they could get out of their father, instead of a relationship with their father. In this message we examine their alienation from their father, the effects of their alienation, and the remedy for their alienation.
Luke 15 is one extended parable in three parts: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. In this message, we focus on the lost sheep and the lost coin, and see some fascinating truths – the total inability of the sinner, the sovereign grace displayed in our salvation, and the joy of God in His work of redemption. In this entire chapter Jesus is showing the scribes and Pharisees the Father’s heart of joy in seeking and saving the lost, which was diametrically opposed to their own heart which avoided contact with sinners at all costs. Do you look more like Jesus or the Pharisees?
Unlike most of us, Jesus was not impressed by numbers of people. Instead, when large crowds followed Him, He sifted them, and thinned the ranks. He did this by telling them the Cost of Radical Discipleship – they must give up the people, comforts, and things that were most dear to them in order to follow Him. Then Jesus enforced this teaching by giving them three illustrations of the Dangers of Rashly Embracing Discipleship. Those dangers are Ridicule, Destruction, and Uselessness.