When ‘evil’ people flocked to Jesus, the religious leaders around Him scoffed. How could He possibly welcome them and honor them like He was doing? Didn’t He know better? In response, Jesus told one of His greatest stories about the compassion of a father for his two lost sons.
We are all invited into God’s compassion that’s found in Jesus—that we might receive it and also that we might learn to turn around and give it.
Main Text: Luke 15:11-32
We’re in a mini-series on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (which would perhaps be better titled as the Parable of the Compassionate Father). This week we’re looking at one of the three main characters in the story: the father.
The father shows superhuman compassion for both of his sons:
The father’s compassion allows him to weather the hateful attitude and destructive decisions of his younger son. His compassion results in restoration and transformation for this son.
The father’s compassion also allows him to weather the hateful attitude and divisive decisions of the older son. The story ends without us knowing whether the father’s compassion transforms this son.
Jesus told this story to defend and explain the great compassion He has for the sinners and also the Pharisees.
Jesus’ invitation is for each of us to experience His compassion—but He also invites us to imitate it. What if we did?