A Reckless Love Story

Jun 5, 2022
A Reckless Love Story
Luke 15: 1-3 By this time a lot of men and women of questionable reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story.

Let’s look at Jesus immediate reaction to this situation. He tells 3 stories back-to-back intentionally.

What is his intent?

Luke 15:1 -32

1. Jesus loves being around imperfect people and imperfect people love being around the person Jesus.
2. We have all made selfish mistakes that have set us back and hurt others. Some of us have made scandalous mistakes.

Luke 15: Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father,
‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’
12-16 “So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country.

3. Shame and guilt do not have to be your permanent address.

Luke 15: There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to feel it. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
17-20 “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father.

4. The father chooses reckless love rather than a reckoning.

Luke 15: 20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
22-24 “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a prize-winning heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.

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