The Prodigal son returns home: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Bring the best robe and put it on him.
In the journey of life, we soon realize there are no guarantees as Christian parents. No matter how hard we strive to teach our children about God and His Word, and no matter how often we pray for our children to discover Jesus Christ and His message of salvation, some decide to reject it all!
Even in those families where God is loved, trusted and glorified, children sometimes rebel and run from their roots! In 2 Kings As such, it's logical to assume that his son, Manasseh, was brought up to love and trust the Lord.
However, when Manasseh became king at the age of 12, he immediately turned against God and "did evil in the sight of the Lord" 2 Chronicles Manasseh was truly wicked, committing all sorts of idolatry, sorcery and immorality, including the sacrifice of his own sons to pagan gods.
Later, after Manasseh and the people of Judah had been taken in chains to Babylon, he finally turned back to the one true God that his father had taught him about.
God heard Manasseh's cry and brought him back to Jerusalem.
After years of rebellion, God was still loving and merciful to Manasseh, when he finally recognized that God alone was Lord. It's the story of a rebellious son who rejects his father's upbringing. Prideful and strong, the son heads-off to a far-away land, leads a wild life of adventure, and squanders everything of value literally and symbolically.
Not until he's confronted with failure and despair, does he return home, repentant and willing to do anything to win back his father's favor. To his surprise, and the surprise of others, he's welcomed, without question, into his father's loving and forgiving arms.
No amount of time, no amount of money, and no amount of rebellion could get in the way of the father's patience and unconditional love for his son. Of course, the awesome message of this parable is that God is patient and gracious with all of His children.
He is willing to welcome each of us home into His loving and forgiving arms. However, as the two stories above tell us, we should never give up - no matter how far away they seem!
God gives us these examples in scripture so that we realize that our children may turn against God.
He also gives us instruction on how to dig in spiritually for our prodigal children: Be in constant prayer, always lead by example, and follow through with love and grace, no matter how despairing things get. Remember God's promise to those who raise children in a Christian home: Godthe Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.
Jesusthe creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buriedand rose from the dead according to the Bible.
If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Saviordeclaring, " Jesus is Lord ," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
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Help continue to spread the hope of Christ around the world. The Prodigal Son: A Parable With Overlooked Meaning This story is one of the most famous and beloved of all Christ’s teachings, and it provides a neglected lesson that remains relevant for us today.
Third message in the series "God’s Lost and Found from Luke This message deals with the prodigal son and the fact that when we stray awy from God we don’t cease being His child. The Prodigal Son: A Parable With Overlooked Meaning This story is one of the most famous and beloved of all Christ’s teachings, and it provides a neglected lesson that remains relevant for us today.
Feb 12, · The Prodigal Son story in Luke , also known as the Lost Son parable, is a poignant demonstration of the loving, forgiving heart of God.
The parable of the prodigal son teach us how we can choose to live our life. We can be like the younger brother who lived recklessly or be the elder brother who lived did everything right which is following the rules.