“Prodigal Easter”
(Easter 2019)

1 “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them… 11 “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.” − Luke 15:1-2, 11-12

The Prodigal Son…

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13 “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. 14 “After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.” − Luke 15:13-16

2.  of the pigpen.

17 “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! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and I’ll say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’” − Luke 15:17-19

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20 “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.” − Luke 15:20


21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “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. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” − Luke 15:21-24

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” − Romans 5:8

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—everyone—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” − Isaiah 53:5-6

4. what the Father offered.

Digging Deeper − READ: Luke 15:11-32, Romans 8:1,
Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8

1. How have you competed with your siblings? How does it make you feel when people get rewards that they don’t deserve? What’s your normal response when you feel mistreated?

2. Why was it a big deal that the younger son asked for his inheritance, and how did the father react? What did the son do with his time and inheritance? What do you think made him want to go home? How did his father respond to his son's return? What does his older brother’s response say about him?

3. If you were his father, how would you have responded when your son returned? What does the father’s forgiveness in the story represent? What causes us to feel resentment when mercy is shown to someone we don’t think deserves it? What does this story reveal about us, and what does this story reveal about God’s love for us?

4. This week we are celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection: Easter. What can you do to guard yourself against feelings of resentment when God shows mercy to people you don’t believe deserve it? This week, how can you demonstrate acceptance, love, and forgiveness to someone who you think doesn’t deserve it?


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