In this passage of Scripture, we have the familiar story of the “Prodigal Son” or the “Lost Son” who goes to his father and demands his share of the inheritance. Money for which his father had worked hard and long for, and would have been given to him when his dad died, he wants now. We don’t know the young man’s motives, but whatever they may have been, his request must have caused the heart of his father, great pain.
In this sermon I take a look, not so much at the son or his sinning in the “distant country” but rather at the father in this story.This father, who had been so deeply hurt and insulted by his son- how does he respond when his son returns?
Listen along (by clicking player below). (I preached this sermon at St John’s Lutheran Church on 17th January 2016). God bless you!