69 Our Lord did that confession

Luke 15:11-32
Psalms 63:16-17
T After the dissipation

This is the third parable that Jesus answered to the mutter of Pharisees, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." (2) This morning, let's hear from the message of "the parable of the prodigal son" of Jesus and Luke (it is put on top of one another).

"A certain man had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.' And he divided his wealth between them." (11-12) When this son got a share, he went to the town of the far-off foreigner and had ruined himself for sybaritism. This was a parable, but there was a trend that would yearn for Gentile society among Jewish youths in those days. The Jew adopts advanced foreigner culture with a pride as the chosen people of God from old days of David and has the history that developed. They are flexible for a foreign culture intake, and eager. On the other hand, the foreign country culture is stimulating, and it cannot deny that it was full of sweet temptation like honey. In addition, a foreign religion that came into play there would be a dangerous pitfall for the people of Yahweh. It seems that Jesus has summarized in this story based on a true story that He has seen and heard. Because this is a long story, we will watch it while focusing on the center subject..

"And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country." (13); this was the route that the younger brother who chose greed should trace. It is unknown how much property it was, but that value is different from the leisurely country in all in the big city of the foreigner. Even if he thought that this much would be enough to live comfortably, however, perhaps it would not have been even half worth in urban areas. Besides, he would have been carried away for city life full of stimulation, because he was a youth. If he was found to have the money, there would have been many people who come snuggle. It is thought that it did not take the time so much until he becomes stone-broke. It is good! But, he noticed that he did a stupid thing only after became stone-broke. However, there is not the calculating place like modern people there. The high tuition would be a thing to the youths of the countries that left simplicity. The intent of Jesus aside, I felt intention of Luke's description putting encompassing such warmth.


U A blessing of God

"But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more enough bread, but, I am dying here with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.'" (17-19)

Cause of this ruin was the place that son had requested to his father, "Please give me a share of the property".
"The share of the estate that falls to me", this is the inheritance of estate prescribed at Deuteronomy 21:17 (the eldest brother gets 2 times of it and the other sons get one-third together). Because, in the Jewish community, it seems there was an unwritten law that he can not use the right of it while that person lives, this son has made a request for "use", but, it was departing from the framework of the customs of the Jews clearly, and it will be able to say that his sin began at this time. At that point, he denied the relations of father and son, and has refused to be with his father any more. Jesus would be shown in this example that "sin" which lay between God and a person was it.

Here, he ruined and became stone-broke; but, Luke would have thought, that even if it was his problem, but it was not his "sin" as conventional. Rather, this ruin is put to the part of door advancing to the later repentance. The great famine was caused, and he was completely at a loss to eat, it has been natural, and he came down until taking care of the pig as a humiliating work for Jews; but, those have been depicted as a deferred view of the later recovery (salvation) by God. Luke lays a blessing of God which forgives sin and revives him, to the central subject of this message, and seems to want to convey it.it.


V Our Lord did that confession

A son who ruined himself for the dissipation in a foreign country far, exhausted property, and has lost the roadside; father would have heard such state of son in hearsay. The image of father which is anxious and has finished being emaciated comes to mind. Because he finished the property distribution and handed over birthright to the eldest son, surely father would stand still forth every day, and have been waiting for the return of the son, without appearing in the field. Therefore, when a son came home, though it was still far, he distinguished it as "his son" and rushed up to a son. A blessing of God overlaps to the father. And, it may be said that this prodigal son is us. God is waiting that we repent our sins and back to Him.

Son said, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son" (21); but, his father already had permitted him. "But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.' And they began to be merry." (22-24)

I said this prodigal son would be us, but he overlapped to Jesus, too. The resurrection following the death of the cross is really the same with it, "this son was dead, and has come to life again". We want to think about it a little. "When he came to his senses,", it was originally what was demanded from us who had "sin"; however, Jesus decided it as a thing of concerning Him. We heard, "though He did not have sins originally, but He became a sinner, by carrying our sins, and suffered on a cross". It is understanding saying almost that because He Himself does not have a responsibility for "sin", therefore He stood the pains and was able to pass it. However, the crime that Jesus has carried on His back was never a counterfeited things. And God has recognized it as sin of Jesus, too. Therefore, He murdered Jesus. "The sin", it become "the sin" only after recognized by God. If God conclude that "he is a sinner", he is a sinner. Therefore, if God declared that "I forgave your sin", that sin becomes extinct. If we understand these thing, we must hear that "Jesus had to die as a sinner by all means". The confession of the prodigal son recited here was taken by God that it was surely confession of Jesus, therefore God permitted it and held a banquet with pleasure, and he said "this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again". Of course, that joy would be a thing to us who was expiated a sin with by a cross of Jesus, also.

We must hear another thing. This elder brother was put on top of Pharisee; and surely, it is because God would have wanted them to share His thought. Therefore, the Jew was considered to be the chosen people for it. And, it is demanded from the modern chosen people, Christ person. We want to be a person praying for a lost soul.


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