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The Woeful State of the Prodigal Son
By Pastor John

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.

The father here represents God Himself.  He taught His Son. He prayed for His Son. He constantly showed His deep love for His Sons. There is no indication that the father did anything wrong in bringing up his sons. 

The Prodigal had ideas of his own.  Free will.

1.The prodigal son was tired of being under his Father's direction.  He wanted freedom, or what he thought was freedom. He wanted to do what he wanted to do.

2. He wanted to get away from his Father's eye.  He wanted to do what he wanted, and he didn't want his Father watching.

3.He didn't trust his Father to care for his inheritance. The older brother did, and the Father said to him, "All I have is yours."

4. He had great pride in his own self-sufficiency.  He was sure he could manage his life and his funds better than his Father could.

The Father was willing:

1.To give him the inheritance. God is the one who gives us what we have, even if He knows we are going to waste it or abuse it.

2. To let the prodigal see for himself the result of his willfulness. John Warr, apprentice shoemaker, witnessed continually to another apprentice. No result. Then, that second apprentice got caught trying to substitute counterfeit money into the till. Then facing the fruit of his sin, loss of job, jail time, loss of honor, he finally remembered all that John Warr had told him, and gave his heart to Jesus Christ. That man was William Carey, who is known today as the "Father of Modern Missions."

The Prodigal's sinful state.

1. The life of sin is a departure from God. Not necessarily a physical running away, but a spiritual departure from God.
    
2. The life of sin is a wasteful life. 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.

3. The life of sin is a life of want. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

4. The life of sin is a life of bondage. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.  The prodigal was forced to be a slave to another.  The sinful person puts himself into bondage to sin and Satan.

5. The life of sin is an unhappy life. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.  Note the prodigal's dissatisfaction.

6. In the life of sin, no one can really help you. but no one gave him anything. No one was giving anything to the Prodigal Son. 

7. The sinful life is spiritual death. "My son was dead," vs. 24.

8. The sinful life is spiritual lostness. "He was lost," vs. 24.

He came to his senses. 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!  This is what the Father wanted.  This is what God wants for us.

He confessed his sin.
"I have sinned against heaven." 21 "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you."

I John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

He saw his unworthiness. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

He went to his Father for help. This is what the Father wanted.

Everything was restored.  His father ran to him, and showered him with kisses. 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.

No more want.

No more unhappiness.

No more being dead. "He is alive."

No more being lost.  "He has been found."


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