Jesus Calls Us to Come Home

Now let’s go back in time to one of the parables that Jesus told his followers. Now that we understand what happened in Jesus’s life, and why it happened, we can understand even more about what Jesus was saying when he told this parable.

Read the story – Luke 15:11-32

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

Jesus tells a parable to show us that God wants us to return to him. If we will believe in Jesus, we can return to God to be his sons and daughters. We can become part of God’s family!


Once you have watched the video, we recommend you spend some time to think about the story in greater detail. Here are three questions that you can use to think about this story:

Question 1: Can you see yourself in this parable? Which person are you?

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Each person may see themselves as one of the sons in this story. Maybe we have gone far from God like the younger brother. Maybe we are angry that God will forgive others even though it seems like they don’t deserve it. In both cases, the Father calls us back to himself, back to the banquet. God calls us and wants us to be with him!

Question 2: How can you connect this parable to Jesus’s other teachings?

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We can see that, despite taking the father’s money and wasting it, bringing shame on himself and on the family, the father still welcomes him home. This father welcomes the son back into the family, not as a servant but as a member of the family.

God did the same thing for us in that, even though we sin and do not follow God’s law, he still loved us enough to send Jesus to pay for our sins.

Question 3: Jesus is the way to receive forgiveness for your sins and return to God. Will you trust him?

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We must trust him and put our faith in him! He is truly the way to come home to God.