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December 31, 2021 7:00 am
Welcome to this edition of PowerPoint with Jack ran a little later in the program will tell you how you can get the best 21 message series 1st hears Dr. Graham's message reckless love. Now take your Bibles and turn to the gospel of Luke chapter 50. There are three short stories, parables recorded in the 50 chapter of Luke. Many of you are familiar with these three stories, one is about a shepherd who lost one sheep out of 111 99 and he went after the one lost lamb until he brought the sheep safely home and then the next story told by Jesus himself, concerned a woman who had a very valuable to her priceless coin and she lost one of the 10 coins that she had and she searched the house she turned the house upside down whatever it takes to find the one lost coin, and then the most famed of all the stories of Jesus, these parables. A parable is a short story with a long meeting, the most famous of all is the story known as the story of the prodigal son about a father who had two sons, both of them actually lost one at home way, one far from home, but two sons that were lost in the one son that was found three stories about sheep about silver coins and about two sons, all three stories are about reckless love of God.
You see God seeking God searching on God's saving the redeeming restoring reckless love of God in the first parable God is a shepherd seeking the lost sheep. The second story, God is a woman finding the lost coin, and in the third story, God is a father saving a lost son loving a lost son. These are remarkable wonderful stories but they all have one message and is the message that we need to hear again and again and again, whether you know God may be far away from God. Are you known him for many years.
This is what we need to know and no again and again and again God loves lost people. God loves the loss in the lease and the last in each of these stories describes this reckless love of God, and in these 32 dramatic versus Jesus shows us the heart of God. What love God's love is really like, and in this story of the father and his two sons.
There's all kinds of pathos and poignant words.
There's a plot that tells us our own story because we all were lost but now we are found we were dead, but now we are alive and is not among us is not known of families have lost children or lost sons and daughters who pray that they will come home and in their rebellion find the reckless love of God is a plot that speaks to the heart of every person who will listen. And of course it has consonant happy ending. When the sun returns in the party explodes on the farm of the father as they celebrate the son who is alive again is known as the parable of the prodigal son. But the real hero of the story is not the prodigal sin of the son, but the prodigal love of the father is never a time in Luke 15 where the sun is called the prodigal son back when you read the story it tells us that this son wasted his life in reckless living. The King James gave us that word prodigal.
He wasted his life in prodigal living in is a word that doesn't so much mean wayward living as it means wasted living reckless living and in the midst of this stands the father in these 32 versus the fathers mentioned 12 times you can't miss the father in this great story. The God figure who is the father is the reckless love of the father that brings us home to him. That's the message this father loved his son even when his son did not show love for him. This father who loved his son enough to let him go and to potentially lose him for the sake of love, the love of a father that waited and even welcomed his broken son back home.
There's no love greater than this is a love that is greater that all our sin is a love that is extravagant expensive experience that you cannot measure and it is a love that is eternal. The never ending, overwhelming, reckless love of God. The reckless kind of love. The relentless kind of love that never ever gives up really is who God is. It means that when we spend our lives on ourselves and we waste our days, that God keeps loving us and that God has loved us in a love that is poured out his own blood on the cross for our sin. This is what God has done.
He has poured out his love in reckless prodigal abandonment.
You could even call this parable, the parable of the prodigal father because it is the prodigal father is love would never give up on a Sunday, when Jesus died, he poured out his blood until nothing was left. This is how much God loves each one of us. The sun was reckless with his life but the father was reckless with his love.
The sun was sinfully rebellious and indulgent father was lovingly indulgent in giving his love away to his son story tells us of a father who risked his son future. His sons own future by being willing to letting go pick up our reading in the third verse of the chapter 15 told them a parable story and then down to verse 11 and he said there was a man who had two sons and the younger of them said to his father.
Father give me the share of property that is coming to me and he divided his property between them. Now many days later younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and their he squandered his property and there's our word reckless living. And when you spend everything a severe famine arose in that country and he began to be in need and so he went out and hired himself out to one of the citizens of the country you send them into the field, the pigs they was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs eight.
No one gave him anything to stop right there. Father was apparently a wealthy man. Everything in the passage speaks of this man who had great wealth in barns and farms and inheritance when his son came home he threw a big party spared no expense. So is clear that this father was fabulously wealthy and that he holds nothing back from his two sons later in the story when the self-righteous elder brother who stayed at home. Question his father's love the father's reckless love. The father said, have I not giving you all think everything given you everything and everything was anything. Apparently these boys needed or wanted. He held nothing back. Our God is father is extravagant in his love and wealthy beyond our imagination then Scripture says, have we not been given freely. The riches in Christ all things God is so generous with us. He's been so good to us. He is been so so kind to us father's reckless love is so selfless it just pours out and it seems to be irrational because here's this defiant son who demands his inheritance. He and the fact is saying that you are dead to me.
Give me was coming to me now all cash out. I will leave the farm and you will never see me again. I reject this lie. I reject your love Jimmy was mine and I will go and amazingly recklessly the father gave him the portion that was due him of the inherent David. He says all that I have I give to you and this defiant son cashes out what is been given and leaves in a few days quickly as couldn't wait to leave so last time the father sees him on his way to a place called the far country.
You're listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham and today's message reckless love. We hope you're enjoying today's message and were excited to share that for a limited time, your gift to PowerPoint will be doubled up to $150,000 thanks to a generous matching grant to say thanks for your gift today send you the most popular and encouraging messages this past year together in one collection called the best of 2021. This is the last day to have your gift doubled the call today, when 800-7954 627-2000 795-4627 can also text the word PowerPoint to 313-1316 PowerPoint to 313131. And don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org where you can shop our E store. Give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.now let's get back to today's message reckless far country is memory had two sons, one left and went far away separated from his father. One state, but his heart was far from the love of the father as well. The older brother you can be in church and your heart is far from God and the love of God. That's what happened to this boy's ungrateful son wanted what he wanted in the good and generous father gave it to, even though no doubt it was breaking the father's heart even though he prayed like crazy that the boy wouldn't do it but he did and the father didn't stop it. That's the reckless love of God's love that never runs out God's love does not ignore our sin by God loves us, though we have sin, God demonstrates his love towards us. The Bible says and while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. You cannot out run the grace of God you cannot outlive the love of God. He loves us beyond what we can ask think or imagine. I want you to know something today that no matter how far you are away from the love of the father, God has never one second stop loving you. He loves you with an everlasting love and eternal love and expansive love that expensive love God loves you even when you are rebelling against him. God loves you when you are breaking his commandment and living a self-indulgent life God loves you. Though you are breaking his heart.
God loves you. How else could you describe something, but that it is a reckless love.
You can never else in the love of God and never stop loving you. So the sun gets away. He thinks as far as possible, he took his cash and he started down the road and he ran right into hell. But when he leaves the father's weeping son. The other son. The older brother out just by his attitude must've been saying I told you so. Can you imagine the neighbors talking the shame that this brought to this good good father. Can you imagine neighbors saying things like, can you believe what that old fool gave his son, his inheritance he should've told him to leave and never come back. What kind of man. What kind of father would indulge his son in this way. That's what the world said that's what his own family said this man is being played like a fool by his own son so the sun goes away leaves home but he never leaves the father's heart or his prayers.
The dad knows he's headed for heartbreak. Father knows that his son is going to suffer, but he recklessly lets him go with tears. He turned him loose. Did you know that God sometimes allows us to go into rebellion and sin, because that may be only way that we wake up and come back to him.
Love that lets us go was reckless love allows this boy anyone to waste their life. Verses 13 and 14 may mention it again. He says he squandered everything is property reckless living and then after you spent everything and now he's wasted his wife in his possession, his wife that his personal you had fun for a while, have a blast while you last. There is pleasure in sin or sees, but now the sin is taking its toll.
The indulgence and the immorality started all away, causing everything and he's living like an animal, hungry, tired eyes sunken heartbroken.
Nothing. Nothing is left but despair and hopelessness. No more money no more friends you know, I know there are hypocrites and churches.
All churches have hypocrites.
Sometimes people who don't know the Lord point a finger at those of us who are hypocritical in the church and is true.
We have to say God forgive us our hypocrisy. At times Jesus spoke a lot about it but let me tell you he's really hypocritical mess the world without God, your friends, you want to point finger another hypocrites there. The real hypocrites because when you really need them, they won't be there when your money runs out when the laughs are gone when the drinks are gone there.that's what happened to this boy.
It happened as a prophet once said he found that when he is now reaping the whirlwind, because the wages of sin is what this Henry Nolan, a theologian and a bright one wrote these words when the younger son was no longer considered a human being by the people around him. He felt the profundity of his isolation.
The deepest loneliness one can experience. He was truly loss and it was this complete lostness that brought him to his senses. He was shocked into the awareness of his utter alienation and suddenly understood that he had embarked on the road to death. You become so disconnected from what gives life, family, friends and community acquaintances, and even food that he realized that death would be the next natural step.
All at once.
He saw clearly the path you chosen and where it would lead. He understood his own death, choice, and he knew that one more step in the direction he was going would take him to self-destruct. How many of you listening to me right now you been thinking. If I go one more step in this direction it will all be over there in despair, you're on your way to death. And you wonder, is there any hope for me. You realize if you keep going the way that you're going is going to end in death and destruction true, but let me remind you of what we said earlier, what God has said eternally.
God never stopped loving you is love never fails. Love you with an everlasting love. Nothing will separate us from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ.
That is why when the boy came to himself with the young man of sin is so irrational. Finally, in one rational moment. It says he came to himself. He said here I am living like an animal and God never made you to be an animal to live like an animal. He made you live like his child, you are not an animal you made in the image of God comes to himself. He said this is not the life God intended for me back home.
The slaves, the service of my father had much better than this. Somebody get up many things no, no, I can never go back. So you thinking that wise to is too late I'm gone too far can go home but he said is the only shot I got so he gets up rags ruling spelling like pig.
The stench of sin is all over the starts limping his way home and there was the father waiting every day, praying every now for his son who was far from home, reckless praying, reckless waiting, reckless, loving father looks down the road.
He sees this familiar figures not the same as dragging an arm or leg is limping, but he sees them coming in any way for him to come all the way to the Homestead to the front porch know Jesus said this man down an older man, gathered up his robe and he ran like crazy. He chased his son down with his reckless love. When the boy tried to give a speech about all be a servant. I will need to be assigned the boy been rehearsing what he was gonna say all along. The father said price and embrace. And Jesus said he kissed him again and again he kiss them profusely and he said tear off the Rhine cleanup put on the ring put on the row strike the band we're going to party because my son who was lost is now my son was dead is alive, he's alive, he's alive, so the place overwhelming never ending love listening to PowerPoint with Jack ran and today's message reckless love. As we prepared to step into my 28th year of ministry.
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