Prodigal Series Day 7: Younger Son, As Jesus?

Our first week is already coming to an end! Can you believe it?!  Take some time to reflect on everything we’ve covered.  What’s something new you learned? Or perhaps a standing perception took on a new shape since we’ve started our time together.  That’s great! The Word of God is living so there’s always something else the Spirit can reveal from its verses. 

Speaking of revelation, let me share something with you that totally blew my mind.  Its one of those things that once you see it, you won’t be able to unsee it. 

Remember back to the beginning of the week.  I taught that parables tell us something about Jesus.  Well, this one is no different.  The last parallel we are going to talk about this week is about none other than Jesus Himself. Here it is:

Jesus became the prodigal son for our sake.  If I were delivering this as a sermon, I would probably reiterate that for emphasis. 

For our purposes, let’s just read over that line again: Jesus himself became the prodigal son for our sake. 

Here’s how:

  • Jesus left the House of his heavenly Father  
  • He went to a foreign, sinful country (although He never sinned)
  • He gave away all that he had
  • He returned back to the home of His father  

All of this Jesus did, not as a rebellious son, as we saw here with the younger brother, but as the obedient son, sent out to bring home the lost children of God.  

If you want to have your minds boggled, reflect on this: as Jesus is telling the parable, He is actually living out the story He is sharing! He is the younger son in all the ways just mentioned while He is teaching about it!

I pray that you are seeing that there is more to this story (and for all of scripture, for that matter) than what meets the eye.  Please join me again next week, starting tomorrow, when we take a closer look at the older brother. 

In the meantime, let’s close out this week in prayer.

Father God,

Thank you for each and every person reading this today today.  Thank you for meeting each and every one of us exactly where we are at.  I pray that each of us can get one step closer to you this week.  For those who are in a far country right now….I pray that thy choose you.  For those who have chosen you, I pray that they ask for forgiveness if they haven’t already, or for those who need to accept- may they accept you with open arms.  Thank you for your mercy and for all the distant countries you have already delivered us from.  Please keep everyone safe in the palm of your hand until we come together again. 

In Jesus’ Holy & Precious Name,


Accompanying Playlist

Did you know I created a worship playlist just for this series?!

Celebrate a good, good Father who is always calling and welcoming his children home!

Previous posts from the Prodigal Series

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