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Sin and Forgiveness

Luke 15:11-24
11 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. 13 "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there   squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20 So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

Wild living (NIV)
Loose living (NAS)
Riotous living (KJV)

Sin wants to be free from God.  Sin pulls us away from God.
'Father, give me my share of the estate.'

Sin isn't looking to God.  Sin isn't blessed by God.
Quite the contrary, Sin brings God's discipline and judgment.

Sin always hurts us.
Sin drags us down. (feeding the pigs).
Sin gets us in trouble.
Sin hardens hearts and puts people on a downward path.
Sin squanders our resources.
Sin tears families apart.
Sin gets people fired.
Sin gets people thrown into jail.
Sin steals a person's health.
    Alcoholism, drug addiction, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
Sin steals our joy and happiness.

Why does Satan so want to tempt us to sin?  To make us happy? 
No! To destroy Us.

Why did Satan repeatedly try to tempt Jesus to sin?  To bless Him?
No! He wanted to ruin Him and us.

Sin brings spiritual death and lostness.
24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. (also vs. 32)

"The wages of sin is death." Romans 6:23

Confession and repentance brings us back to God.
20 So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Confession and repentance brings reconciliation and forgiveness.

Scholars have discovered a similar story to this existed among Jewish rabbis for many years before Jesus told it. In the earlier form, the younger son ran away and spent all his father's money and when he came crawling home, the father rejected him. So, as Jesus was telling this story, the Pharisees and tax collectors were thinking, "Yeah, I've heard this one before." His audience of Pharisees and tax collectors expected Him to say, "One day the father saw his son returning. He waited with his arms crossed. The broken-down son begged his father to take him back. But the father looked away from him and said, 'Forget it! You had your chance. You've chosen to live like a pig, now go back to your pigs. You've made your bed, now lie in it!'" In the original story the father turned his son away and told him he was getting exactly what he deserved. It was a story reflecting the Old Testament idea of strict legalism. In fact the Old Testament prescribed that a father could have a rebellious son stoned to death. Deuteronomy 21:18-21 says, "If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey…his father and mother shall bring him to the elders and say, 'This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.' Then all the men shall stone him to death."

Confession and repentance brings God's blessing.
22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.

Confession and repentance brings life and salvation.
24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'

Confession and repentance brings joy and happiness.
So they began to celebrate.

Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to be forgiven of sin. Jesus is the only way to have victory over temptation and sin.  "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil


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