“Secret of a Father’s Love” Sermon Father’s Day 06/21/09

richard2Secret of a Father’s Love.

by Richard Daughtridge 06/21/09

Luke Fifteen begins with a story in which Jesus is surrounded by all kinds of sinner people. Some were religious, others just plain sinners. All were lost. Jesus seems out of place and everyone there listens in as he speaks. He speaks in parables. His parables reveal the secrets of a father’s love.

It is as though we’ve followed a father with a broken heart into the bad side of town searching for his missing daughter or son . This sad father enters the darkness of night where danger and evil lurks. He confronts the evil proprietor and disarms him. He then turns to the missing  child and say’s, “Let’s go home.”

Three things are obvious, 1. No child is overlooked 2. All his children are valuable. 3. He rescues  family members that made wrong choices even while working through his own hurt and disappointment.

Luke 15:1-2     Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. [2] And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

The next verses respond to answer the question of why Christ sat with sinners.

A. Father accounts for his children.

Luke 15:6-7 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. [7] I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

B. Value Father places on lost.

Luke 15:9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

C. Father’s  Family

1. The rejection a son.

Luke 15:12 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.

2. Risk of a free will.

Luke 15:13 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.

3. Danger of bad choices.

Luke 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

4. Respect that his father had earned.

Luke 15:17-19  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.

5. Long wait of a Father.

Luke 15:20 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.

6. Father’s Forgiveness

Luke 15:21-24 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.

When I was born I received my father’s last name. Likewise when I became a Christian that name bore his name. I was born into the Kingdom of God by faith in the name of Jesus. He declared me his child and I wear the Christian name proudly. There is something about that name.  Let’s sing it together.

One Response to ““Secret of a Father’s Love” Sermon Father’s Day 06/21/09”

  1. Howard Rudolph Says:

    Yes, that is certainly a great song. I was also reminded of the chorus, “O, How He Loves You And Me”. How miraculous and wonderful is the love of our Heavenly Father, flowing in and through us!

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