Royalty- From prodigal to prince
The Found Son
Luke 15:11-24 (NLT)11 Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. 17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ 20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
This son went seeking mercy, he found grace!
The Gifts of the Father
1. Finest Rob
-Clothing represents righteousness.
Isaiah 64:6 (NIV) All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.
-This Robe is provided.
Isaiah 61:10 (NIV) He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
-The ring speaks of the identity & rights as royal family.
John 1:12 (NIV) To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
-It speaks of our belonging.
2 Corinthians 1:22 (NIV) (He) Set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Because we belong to God what God has belongs to us!
C. It is a sign of delegated authority.
We have authority, the kingly authority, to help govern his realm.
3. Sandals for his feet.
-Guest did not wear shoes inside.
-Servants in that time often times did not have shoes, if they did, they were not allowed to wear them inside.
Romans 8:15 (NLT) So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
The father was saying: “You are no servant in this house. You are no visitor to our home. This is where you belong as a son and all I have is yours.”
Luke 15:23 Kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast.
“He doesn’t just let us in the door he throws a party that we are home!”
From Prodigal to Prince…
1. Come to your Senses
2. Come Home
3. Understanding how our Value
“The Cross is more about his love than our rebellion, our acceptance than our repentance, and our value more than our sin.”
4. Embrace your new Identity
“Jesus didn't come to improve our identity he came to transform it. You are not just a little better than you were you are royalty.”
Colossians 3:3 (NIV) For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.