Trilogy of Grace


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We’ll explore the third of a trilogy of parables in Luke 15, learning from the three characters. The prodigal son rebelled against his father, running away into sins especially shameful in his culture before coming back home, bringing to life that God’s grace is wider than any sin where we might have wandered or shame we might have experienced. The older brother was equally lost, because he didn’t grasp his father’s love so worked to earn his father’s approval, ending up bitter, teaching that our relationship with God is not about our religious merit but God’s loving grace. The father reveals God’s character through his unquenchable love for both of his children even though both deeply wounded him, his grace as he runs across the field to embrace his prodigal son coming home, and his love for his faithful children who might feel overlooked.