Daniel Fast 2023

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Luke 15:11-24

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Message Notes

1. This man welcomes sinners.

The entirety of Jesus’ life can be summed up in this short phrase. Jesus came to earth to welcome sinners, not to condemn them/us.
John 3:17 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

2. Jesus paints the picture of all sin.

I want my way no matter the outcome. ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’

3. Coming to your senses means knowing where you were meant to live.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!

4. Repentance is the key to the house.

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

We can not force our way back in. We plead for the grace and mercy of the father.

5. He is waiting.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
2 Peter 3:9 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

6. Live like you got some sense.

‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his fingerand sandals on his feet.23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

If God has forgiven you don’t live like he hasn’t. Put the robe on wear the ring, run in the sandals and by all means eat the cow.

Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it. Aubrey de Gray