The Parable of the Lost Son

Author Leo Buscaglia tells this story about his mother and their “misery dinner.” It was the night after his father came home and said it looked as if he would have to go into bankruptcy because his partner had departed with their firm’s funds. His mother went out and … More



Again we find in this passage that something is lost, the lost is found and because of it there is great rejoicing. This is the parable of:

The lost son (vv. 11-24) - The son is willfully lost. He wanted to have his own way so he rebelled against his own father and broke his father’s heart. His rebellion resulted in riotous living and he hit rock bottom. Then he awoke to realization, repented, and returned where he experienced reception, reconciliation and rejoicing. He is a picture of every man born on this earth and in need of a Savior.

In this story we see a son who was not content to wait for the time the father would die but he asked for his part of the estate at once in order that he might enjoy it now. What is unusual here is that the younger son initiated the division of the estate. This showed arrogant disregard for his father’s authority as head of the family. We see the same kind of attitude in  the lives of many young people today. The prodigal learned the hard way that you cannot enjoy the things money can buy if you ignore the things money cannot buy. When God is left out of our lives, enjoyment becomes enslavement. He had to hit bottom before he came to his senses.



If I were to compare my spiritual journey to the Prodigal’s journey, where am I now? 

      ____ At home but not too happy

      ____ In a far country

      ____ Coming to my senses

      ____ Enjoying the fatted calf

Luke 15:11-24 (English Standard Version)

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. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants."' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate."

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