A Picture Of Forgivness
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Delivered By
Pastor John Robinson
Delivered On
May 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 15
Subject
Family Pictures
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FAMILY PICTURES

LUKE 15

A Picture Of Forgiveness

The parables of The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and The Lost son (The Prodigal Son)

The third parable is the most personal parable that Jesus ever taught.

Every context of this parable is something that all of us can relate to.

When we fail it’s easy to think God won’t forgive me.

WE CAN EXPERIENCE GOD’S FORGIVENESS WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN GOD TRULY DOESN’T CARE.

Rebellious Living

Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. – Luke 15:11-12

Everyone here has lived in rebellion to God at sometime.

If you are living a rebellious life God doesn’t care.

Riotous Living

And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal (riotous –KJV) living.– Luke 15:13

Everyone here has at sometime lived a wasteful life.

If you are living a riotous and wasteful life God doesn’t care.

Rock Bottom Living

But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Luke 15:14

(He went to work for a pig farmer and ate the slop that the pigs ate to survive –v.15-16)

Everyone here has at sometime hit rock bottom spiritually.

If you are living at the Rock Bottom God doesn’t care.

Right-Minded Living

But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!” Luke 15:17

Everyone here has at sometime recognized that they are living in the wrong place.

But many people don’t come to God, because they think God doesn’t care.

Raised Up Living

I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son”... “And he arose and came to his father.” Luke 15:18-19 &20

Everyone here, when we move away from God, need to rise up and come back to Him.

But many of us never do, because we think God doesn’t care.

Responsive Living

But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20

Great way off: Each day the father went looking for his son.

He saw – Compassion – Ran to him – Hugged him – Kissed him.

Our Heavenly Father does the same!

Restored Living

But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found…” – Luke 15:22-24

I don’t know if God would restore me.

The Reality Of God’s Forgiveness

GOD DOESN’T CARE WHAT FAR AWAY COUNTRY YOU’VE BEEN LIVING IN; HE DOESN’T CARE WHAT FAILURES YOU’VE MADE; YOU COMING BACK TO HIM IS ALL GOD CARES ABOUT; AND HE IS RUNNING AFTER YOU, AND HE WILL FORGIVE AND RESTORE YOU, BECAUSE GOD CARES ABOUT YOU!

Resentful Living

Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in.” – Luke 15:25-28

Sometimes our critical & judgmental attitudes cause others to misunderstand God’s

forgiveness.

A PERSONAL QUESTION

WHAT THING IN YOUR LIFE DO YOU THINK GOD WON’T FORGIVE?