Lost and Found - Safe and Sound: The Lost Son! 2/9/20

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

Lost and Found: Safe and Sound! The Lost Son!

A Sermon By: Pastor Henry T. Anderson

Windsor Avenue Bible Church, Oceanside, NY

www.windsoravenuebiblechurch.org

Luke 15:11

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:

Intro:

Continuing in our Series: Lost and Found – Safe and Sound!

Luke Chapter 15

This, one of the most beloved chapters of the word of God, is an account of a single sermon of the Three Parables of Jesus Christ, the whole theme of which was "The Lost." First there was the lost sheep (Luke 15:1-7), then the lost coin (Luke 15:8-10), and finally here the lost son.

Now Remember A Parable is an Earthy Story with a Heavenly Message.

What’s the Earthly Story with The Lost Sheep? A Sheep got lost and the Shepherd went out and found him, he was happy and celebrated with friends and neighbors!

What’s the Heavenly Message? When someone that was lost spiritually, The Lord will search find You and through Repentance finally comes home to the Saving Knowledge of God’s Grace Through His Son The Lord Jesus Christ, they are no longer lost to an eternity in Hell, but have Eternal Life in Heaven!

ANALOGIES IN THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP:

The man with one hundred sheep = Christ the Good Shepherd.

The sheep which wandered away = A lost person from the faith.

Finding the lost sheep = Jesus saving sinners!

Elevating the lost sheep to his shoulders = Uplifting the fallen!

The rejoicing of the shepherd = Joy in heaven over the saved!

The fact of there having been only a single sheep is not an indication of how few were lost, but of the Lord's concern even for a single lost person. As a matter of fact, the lost sheep stands for countless millions of people.

What’s the Earthly Story of The Lost Coin? A Coin got lost and the Woman Diligently Cleaned and looked for the Coin until she found it, and was happy and celebrated with friends and neighbors!

In fact on the last day of our Vacation Sook 25 cents Story…

What’s the Heavenly Message? Because of Your Diligent work in that when someone that was lost spiritually finally comes home to The Lord Jesus Christ, they are no longer lost to an eternity in Hell, but have Eternal Life in Heaven!

ANALOGIES IN THE PARABLE HERE: TYPES AND PICTURES:

The Woman = A Christian or The Church throughout all the ages

The Lost Coin = The lost coin is very like a sinner, or backslider.

The Lighted Lamp = The Word of God

The Broom = The Church's concern for true virtues and morality

The Diligent Search = A Christian and The Church's urgent activity to save souls.

The Rejoicing = The Joy in Heaven over one who is saved!

One lesson that we must not lose sight of is that the one which was lost represents the outcast, and the despised. It represents those who while not precious in man’s sight, are precious in God’s sight.

We’re to Be The Church,

We’re to Love them,

We’re to Outreach to them!

We’re to Preach The Gospel to them!

Proverbs 11:30

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

There are three ways to become lost, and all of them are evident in this remarkable sermon by our Lord Jesus. The sheep was lost by wandering away from the flock, the coin was lost through no fault of its own, but through the inability or carelessness of the woman, and The prodigal was lost by Riotous Living and willful disobedience.

Charles Dickens was asked what he thought was the best short story written in the English language, Dickens replied… “The Prodigal Son”.

The Prodigal has three parts:

The Prodigal leaving his Father, The Prodigal returning to his Father,

And the reaction and conversation between The Prodigal's Brother and his Father.

This Parable is a very emotional and heart touching story, I'm not gonna rush the Sermon. There’s 22 Verses here, so I'm gonna spend at least two or three Messages on this, with today's focus on The Prodigal leaving his Father and what he did during that time. Most of us know The Story… Now…

The First Question out of the Gate is: What does "Prodigal" mean?

It's basic meaning is "wasteful"--particularly with regard to money. It comes from Latin roots that mean "forth" (pro-) and "to drive" (agere). It indicates the quality of a person who drives forth his money--who wastes it by spending with reckless wildness. That's what the Prodigal Son does in this story.

That was our Introduction. Let's jump into The Story now...

Let’s Look at Verses 11 & 12

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:

12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

The younger son came to his father with the request that he might have his share of what he would in the future inherit. In a case where there were two sons this would normally be one third of the whole (the elder brother who would take over responsibility for dependents would receive a double portion or two thirds).

Think about that.

He's asking his father to give him 1/3rd of everything that he owns right now, before his father is dead.

How many fathers would receive that suggestion well today?

How many would comply with it if one of their children asked it?

Not many! I would... If My Son asked Me for his inheritance now, I'd be like, OK, there's 66 dollars for your older Brother and here's 33 Bucks for You!

And surprisingly, Verse 12 The Father says Yes. “…And he divided unto them his living.”

Verse 13

13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

This request by the younger son is a declaration of independence from his father. This is where ALL sin starts.

He didn't take his inheritance and invest it in the family business or buy a house or start his own business, he gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country. He moved out of his father’s country...

This Jewish young man relocated to a pagan country. It was a complete rebellion against what his father believed in. He no longer had to submit to his fathers authority, he no longer had to receive his fathers permission, he no longer had to abide by his fathers curfew.

He was now his own man, but was he really? If he really was his own man, he would have just left, and not asked for any money and just leave.

The fact that he asked for money was evidence that he could not make it on his own but he was determined to start his own life independent of the father…

The father here is gonna illustrate God’s love. His love allowed rebellion and in some sense respected human will. The father knew that the son made a foolish and greedy request, yet allowed him to go his course nonetheless.

This is the result of The Free Will of Man that God allows…

Church this is the story of every Prodigal who is separated from God. We wanna control our own lives independent of God’s authority. And God will allow it. Just a few thoughts here on Verse 13:

1. The Far Country was not measured by distance.

Anywhere, Anyplace a man is away from God is a far Country...

Whenever you are not in fellowship with God your life is a far country.

When You Please Yourself instead of Pleasing God, your life is a far Country.

He wanted to get out of God's country so that he could live in sin and found his sinful lifestyle by what he took from his father.

You know why he might have left his family’s house and went to a Far Country? Probably so no one would recognize him... so he could really enjoy his new “freedom”.

The Far Country was not measured by physical distance, it was measured by a heart distance.

Jeremiah 17:9 says

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

When You hear someone say: “Oh… I’m just gonna follow my heart and see where it takes me”…

You ought to throw ‘em in a closet and lock the door for a month!

Don’t use Your Heart, Use The Holy Spirit of God inside of You for direction and Guidance!

There’s only one place You can Trust Your Heart, it’s when You Give to and Trust God!

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:21

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Continuing Verse 13: “...the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.”

The Prodigal’s Treasure had his Heart set on Riotous Living…

2. In the Far Country the pleasures of Sin are real.

“... and there wasted his substance with riotous living.”

Riotous Living means: characterized by wild and uncontrolled behavior. Unrestrained behavior, Wasteful, Reckless...

When Me and My Son drove from across The Country from CA to FL, we stayed one night in New Orleans and we went to The French Quarter for Dinner. I watch those Travel Shows on where to eat. We went to Felix's and we had A Dozen Oysters on The Half Shell and I had Shrimp and Grits. After Dinner, we walked around and all I saw was Riotous Living, The Bars, The Drunkenness, The Naked Ladies Place, The Naked Guys Place, The Debauchery. We took a few pictures and ten minutes later My Son said to Me, Dad let's get out of here!

You know what's Coming up in New Orleans in a few weeks?

Mardi Gras. Do You what Mardi Gras is? It’s a Religious Celebration?

No….. It's a Celebration of Riotous Living!

Mardi Gras takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday—the beginning of the Christian observance of Lent, which last about six weeks until just before Easter.

Mardi Gras in French means “Fat Tuesday”, because You better eat, drink and Party Up, because after that Your supposed to, You Know observer Lent for 40 Days and give up on the Riotous Living. I see My friends on Facebook, I'm gonna give up Potato Chips for 40 Days, You know for The Lord, and meanwhile they didn't give up on Booze and Partying...

The next day in New Orleans, I went to Church and as a Visitor people come over and talked with Me. An older lady, who introduced herself to Me, and I say I'm New York and she says: “You gotta come to New Orleans and Celebrate Mardi Gras!” And I replied, I don't think Christians should Celebrate Madri Gras...

I watch TV, You know what they do on Mardi Gras?

Public Drinking everywhere... And You know how the Women are wearing those Necklaces made of Beads, how they got those Necklaces? They got those Necklaces by showing the Men their... Let use the right word here... The Women show their Breasts and the Men throw the Necklaces at the Women.

I know The Bible can be a little Sexist at times, but we got a lot of Prodigal Sons out their and we got a lot of Prodigal Daughters out there as well!

It's gotten so bad that The City of New Orleans now has a Event 10 Days before Madri Gras, Called: Family Gras Weekend, minus the Booze, Nakedness and Partying.

John 3:19

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Our problem is not that we don’t have light, but that we love the darkness.

Sin Loves Darkness... Darkness is a Type or a Picture of Sin!

How many people have ever been to a Bar? Don’t raise your hands…It’s a Dark Place, People love to Drink Booze at night. You ever go to a Bar at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and all the lights are out… Why is that?

Humans love sin and Humans love darkness

All the prostitution and sex-oriented businesses, such as sex shops, strip clubs, adult theaters are found where? In the Red-light district at night. The term originates from the red lights that were used as signs of brothels that are open at night.

How many people been to a Rock n Roll Concert? What do they do when they introduce The Band? They turn out the lights, it’s a Dark Place, and everybody lights up their Dubbies…

How many people been to a Disco or Dance Club? Dark Place, Why? Who wants to see you Dance when the lights are on, hehehe

And it no coincidence that 2/3 of all rapes and sexual assaults on Women happen at night…

They even got a song for that crowd:

Oh, I love the night life

I got to boogie on the disco 'round, oh yeah

Gotta love the night life, No, No, No you gotta love God’s Light Amen!

You gotta Love God, you gotta Love The Holy Ghost, you gotta Love His Book, you gotta Love His Salvation, you gotta Love His Grace!!

The fact is THE PLEASURES OF SIN ARE REAL