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March 13, 2016 - Come Home Into the Father’s Arms - Luke 15:25-32

posted Apr 20, 2016, 1:11 PM by Grant Garber
  • Why is the elder brother too angry to rejoice and celebrate over his brother’s return home?  He is looking for a reward.
  • There is no reward for that which is expected.
  • The elder brother is confusing rewards and celebration. 
  • Whatever your argument is with your brothers and sisters in the family of faith, it is usually first an argument with God.  That is where all resolutions have to begin.
  • What the Heavenly Father is concerned about is not with being right, but with being righteous.  Jesus’ point is that the only way any of us are made righteous is by getting our lives back in the Father’s arms and entering the joy of being at home with Him.
  • To be dead right is to insist on the correctness of your position to the point that you hurt others and hurt yourself. 
  • As long as the elder brother insists on being dead right, he will never know the righteousness that is found only in a household of grace.
  • Choosing to enter the community of restored relationships with the Father doesn’t mean that you have to give up believing you are right.  It just means that you have to stop worshipping it.
  • What happens next?  Come home to the Father’s arms, where love is never a reward.
Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 15:25-32