sunday march 18, 2018
Luke 15 big picture
Father and 2 sons
1- Strays from home to pursue his own goals and dreams and ambitions---returns home to find redemption
2- One stayed home and followed the rules.
Redemption: What is it?
make up for,
Redemption seems reckless because of what it cost someone.
Everyone received a gift…..Awe you didn’t have to do that. ….that’s right, they didn’t.
Redemption doesn’t seem reckless to the one cashing in…..but to someone it was costly.
Redemption’s story begins by a sacrifice by someone
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
This story is illustrating two groups of people
The sinners and the Pharisees.
Jesus is telling them: I am here for both of you……to do this and be this for you.
Robe-covered, ring-authority, sandal – freedom.
Psalm 103:2-5; 8-11, Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
What does this redemption story look like for us then?
It begins at creation—our original design and purpose was good.
Genesis 1:27, “So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:31a, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…”
Then we walked away….like the younger son in this story
Somewhere in our story we have all left home.
This gave us a longing for home…..always traveling, never arriving.
We long for home because we realized there was a dead end.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
If there is no longing for home……don’t see a need—we won’t return
ILL the doctor
Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. ..
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Jesus brought us redemption while we were still a mess, before we made it home.
He made us right….we did not.
Redemption is not saying we are even.
Redemption isn’t saying that it never happened.
Our Redemption comes at a price we can’t pay.