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2010-10-10 The Perfect Love

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By Pastor Wu
10 Oct 2010 Sunday

 
 
Bible Verses  Luke 15:11-31 (NIV) The Parable of the Lost Son
 11Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12The 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. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He 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! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20So 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.[a]'
 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. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
 25"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'
 28"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'
 31" 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
 
 

 
 
Dear brothers and sisters, we have just read Luke 15:11-31, the parable was about the prodigal son and the loving father.  
 
In this parable, there was a father with two sons. The younger one asked his father for his share of the estate, then he left the family taking half of his father inheritance went to a foreign country; the other son was with the father. The younger one spent all his money and time on a life of pleasure and wild living. Then he became poor, experienced famine there, even hired himself out to feed pigs. After suffering much far from the father, gradually he began to understand the emptiness and filth of his life, he felt sorry about all of these mistakes & falls, he recognized the value of happiness of being with his father, decided to come back to his father and God in repentance. When he returned, the loving father immediately received him happily. We see it’s life-like, it’s exactly the same way immoral people start to understand and appreciate God after leading an aimless and sinful life.
 
 
 


Some may wonder what the never-ending perfect love is, we see the answer in Luke 15 - the Prodigal Son. I believe most of us know this parable well, to some, they even know the details of the parable . I think this parable is more about the loving father rather than the sinful son. It actually depicts God's grace and perfect love for fallen people by the figure of the suffering and loving father who was willing to forgive his runaway son.  Here are some details in the Bible:
 
1)       When the son asked for his share of property, the father didn’t hesitate, so he divided his property between the two sons. (Luke 15:11)
2)       When the father saw the son came back still a long way off, he was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. ( Luke 15:20)
3)       The father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on the son. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' (Luke 15:22-24)
  
 
 

 

 

 




As we are going to have the Holy Communion this Sunday morning, we come to the presence of blood and body of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit reminds me of a few things:
1)       I am a sinner, and we are sinners. When I come to the Holy presence of Holy God, it makes me think that I’m a sinful man, we have fall short of the glory of the living Lord, but God’s love enables me and us to the presence of our God.
2)       Our Lord is love, full of forgiveness and compassion, which enables us to come to His presence and His salvation.

3)       Our God is the Lord with grace and never-ending perfect love, which is for you, for me, and for each one of us. 

  


 
 
 
We are like the lost son have sins and run away from God, yet our God, like the father in the parable, gladly receives us if we would turn back to Him following Jesus our savior God sent to us, our heavenly Father is willing to welcome and forgive all His lost children… For Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life, No one comes to the Father except through Jesus. (John 14:6).  Jesus lived a perfect life on earth for us as an example. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)   Indeed, our heavenly Father has demonstrated His perfect love for us.  Amen!
 
 

 

 Summary by Claire

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