A Tale of "Two" Fathers
Text: Luke 15:11-32 King James Version (KJV)
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.
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.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
The Parable we are looking at today is only found in Luke’s Gospel, meaning that Paul heard Jesus tell it when he was following Jesus to inform on Him to the other Pharisees. I want to point out that the relationship between every child is different for a Father, it is unique. Why? Because every child is different. If you are a Father and have a son who is responsible, works hard and is always there when you need him you would treat him differently than another son who is lazy, wants to live the party life and have fun and cannot be counted on to accomplish anything responsible, you would have a different relationship with him. The tale of two fathers means that just because you love one child one way, doesn’t mean that you don’t love the other children another way. No more, no less, just different. This morning we will show you a tale of two Fathers, but also mirror this to the way God the Father loves each of differently, but the same, based on our relationship with Him. When we are His Child and accept Christ, the Bible says he loves us with the love that He reserved for Jesus! When someone rejects becoming a child of God, God still loves them and wants them to return to Him!
We will have a special Gift for every Father that comes to worship with us this Sunday as we honor each of them! Hope to see all of you there!
It is a Joy being your Pastor!
M. E. Rosson