Scripture: Luke 15:11-24
S8-9 Two Trees
S16 – Two Tall Trees
54 – Son #1
54B – Clothing for Son #1
60 - Father
203 – Building
215 – Horse & Chariot
Have on the Board – Green Bottom, S8-9, S16, 54, 60, 203
Have in Order – 215, 54B, Pigs
Let’s turn in our Bible to Luke 15. In verses 11-24, Jesus told a parable about a father and his two sons. Do you remember what parables are? Parables are stories that Jesus told to teach us a lesson and help us understand more about God.
This story is about a son who is only thinking about himself. (Count on your fingers each time the word “I” is said) The younger son told his father, “I want my part of your money. I don’t want to wait. I want my money now.” How many times did the younger son say “I?” Three times! I want, I want, I want. Three times the younger son showed that he is thinking about himself and no one else. But, even then his father gave him his portion of the family money.
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A few days later, the younger son packed everything he owned and took a trip to a faraway place. While there he spent, and spent, and spent money. Whenever the son saw something he wanted, he bought it. But money doesn’t last forever and soon the boy found himself poor and very hungry.
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The youngest son finally became so hungry that he realized he needed a job to buy food. He finally got a job working with the pigs on a farm. He became so hungry that even the pig food looked yummy! Yuck! When the boy finally realized he needed help, he said to himself, “At home, my dad provides his workers with plenty of food. I will go home to my Father and let him know that I have sinned.“
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So the son returned to his father. Even when he was a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Even though he made bad choices, the father still loved his son. He ran to him, hugged, and kissed him. The son told his father, “I have sinned. Please hire me to work for you.” But the father told the servants, “Hurry and bring the finest clothing in the house. Let’s celebrate because my son was lost and now he is found.”
Sometimes we want what we want and we want it now. Sometimes you and I only think of ourselves like the younger son in this story. But when that happens, we can always ask God to forgive us. I want you to fold your hands together. Bow your head. Let’s pray together. Thank you God, that You forgive us whenever we ask forgiveness for our bad choices! Amen.
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