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Are you familiar with the story of the prodigal son, the son who took his inheritance from his father and squandered it on lose living? You know how he had an older brother who was disgusted that his dad threw a party when his lost brother returned home. But are you aware of the third son?
My pastor gave a sermon recently where he pointed out the three sons. It had never occurred to me before. Can you find the third son in the story? First lets meet the sons you know again. The famous prodigal son is the younger son. He is the offender who is lost in his passions, a man in need of much forgiveness. His older brother is the offended because he never got a party for all his hard work. This older son is lost in his pride, also in need of much forgiveness.
Pastor Bryan explained, the third son is the one who is telling the story, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, the Lamb, paid the sins of the other two sons, and my sins, and your sins, and the sins of all the world. Jesus paid our sins by His death on the cross, preparing the way for us to be restored to our Father in heaven.
And our Father in heaven has a party for every lost sinner who returns to Him. “There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7 (NIV)
When I was in elementary school, my church choir performed a musical about the three “Lost” parables (the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son). I can still remember the tune and the words:
“There is more joy in heaven for one lost soul who has found his way,
than for all ninety-nine who have never gone astray.”
Let heaven have a party tonight! During your TEA CUPP time today, come before Jesus, ADMIT your sins, ask Him to forgive you and be your Savior and Lord forever, for all eternity.