Relationships are difficult, they are hard work!
In Luke 15:11-32 Jesus introduces us to the parable of the Prodigal Son. In this illustration lies a life time of practical life lessons that even the greatest theologians or just you and me have barely even begun to scratch the surface of.
Let’s take a look!
In the beginning we start with the teacher, Jesus of Nazareth. Born under a Bethlehem sky, in a stable, for that’s where a lamb ought to be born. He came to be King, though this could only be recognised by those who could see past their religion and look into the face of God with skin on.
John Ortberg in his book ‘Who is this Man?’ wrote ‘one day after Jesus’ death it looked as if whatever small mark he left on the world would rapidly disappear. Instead, his impact on human history has been unparalleled.’
In Luke 15:1-2 we see how those who claimed to be in search of the Messiah could not recognise him when he stood in front of them:
‘(1) Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. (2)This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such despicable people, even eating with them.’
Jesus came to restore back to God what was lost in Eden, to repair the broken relationship so that we could all come boldly to the throne room of mercy and grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).
From this the beginning, Jesus establishes his royalty by drawing a picture for the tax collectors, the notorious and even the Pharisees right down the annals of time for you and me today. That picture is of the eternal value God holds for humanity and His unimaginable commitment to restore it.