Christmas 2021 – Home for Christmas

Luke 15:11-12a (NLT)
“A man had two sons. 12a The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’”

Luke 15:11-12b (NLT)
“So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.”

Luke 15:13-16 (NLT)
“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14  About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.”

Luke 15:17-19 (NIV)
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

Luke 15:20 (NLT)
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.”

We have a Father who RUNS to where we RUN OUT.

Our father is filled with LOVE and COMPASSION.

Luke 15:21-24 (NLT)
“His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.”

QUICK!

John 1:9-13 (NIV)
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

He GAVE him a ROBE

He GAVE him a RING

When you REPENT, God RESTORES.

John 14:6-7 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.

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