- The religious community was disgusted at how Jesus welcomed sinners (15:1-2).
- Jesus directed three parallel parables to the Pharisees to explain God’s heart.
- Through the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son, Jesus portrayed God as a seeker of the lost.
- The son lost everything he needed because of pursuing everything he wanted (11-16).
- Repentance requires admitting rebellion and seeking restoration (17-20).
- God is a loving Father who runs down the road to welcome His empty-handed children (21-24).
- No presents of the Father will ever be greater than the presence of the Father (25-32).
- Sin brings momentary happiness, but obedience sustains lasting joy.
- God is never standoffish to a person desiring change.
- If you cannot celebrate someone else’s redemption, it’s doubtful that you can truly appreciate your own.
- The irony of religious resentment is when you forgot how lost you once were.