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The Lost Son

Barry Rodriguez

Following Jesus'; resurrection, he made a bold claim "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth." Matthew 28:18 That phrase should get our attention. It should cause us to go back and put a filter over everything we have recorded that Jesus ever said. Every word out of his mouth is like a truth sledgehammer. Every sermon, every illustration, every story that Jesus told has more weight than we've probably ever given it. His stories are not folksy. His parables are not quaint. And they aren't just rhetorically brilliant. They are mammoth. And they are desperately crucial to right living. We better know them and live them. Our preaching team has chosen 4 of Jesus stories that we find intriguing and complicated and stunning. This sermon talks about Luke 15, the story of the lost son. The story of the lost son goes far deeper than the story of the lost sheep or the woman who finds a lost coin. What you will see is: There is a place for you in our father’s house. And there is nothing you can do to change that. Surrender your life - your identity - to Christ, and he will lead you home.