Luke 15:21-24

Kill the Fatted Calf For My Son


Luke 15:21-24
“and the son said to him,
‘father, I have sinned against
heaven and in your sight.
I am no longer worthy
to be called your son.’
but the father said to his slaves,
‘quickly bring out the
best robe and put it on him.
And put a ring on his hand
and sandals on his feet.
And bring the fattened calf kill it,
and let us eat and celebrate
for this son of mine was dead,
and he has come to life again
he was lost, and has been found.’
And they began to celebrate”
This is the most amazing picture
of God’s grace, poured out
to someone who does not deserve it.
You know the story we commonly
call this the prodigal son.
He took his father’s inheritance,
went away squandered it.
Spent it all on immoral types of things.
Prostitutes, drugs, alcohol.
All the things that were
available in those days.
and finally comes home repentant.
What we see here,
is the most amazing thing.
Most people don’t realize
this word, the fattened calf
meant something
very special in this culture
I learned that when a king
would conquer new territory,
he would travel from
village to village to village
declaring the terms of the kingdom;
and people who wanted to demonstrate
loyalty to the king,
would pour out blood at the threshold
of their house and paint the blood
all over the front of the house,
and that was a symbol
demonstrating their loyalty
inviting the king to come in;
and then they would prepare a feast.
Normally the blood that was poured out
was one very special animal
called the fattened calf.
How often would a king
ever come to your house?
How often has the President
or prime minister of your nation
come to your house?
For most of us probably never.
You would almost never see
the fattened calf killed,
and a feast prepared with
the fattened calf,
because a king never came.
Can you see the significance of this?
When this dishonorable son,
who has squandered his father’s money,
comes home the father says
“kill the fattened calf”
Can you imagine what
everybody was thinking?
“you got to be kidding, is a king coming?”
“No, not a king,
my youngest son is coming.
The one who squandered my inheritance,
he has returned home;
and I wish to convey upon him
the same honor I would convey to a king.”
Can you imagine that?
Imagine what that son
must have felt, realizing
“oh my goodness,
my father has never in his life,
killed the fattened calf and prepared
a feast with it because a king
has never come to our house
and he’s doing that for me?”
Can you imagine how
that touched his heart?
Not only that, the father said
“Give him sandals,
put sandals on his feet”
Do you know that slaves
wore no shoes?
What are sandals?
They were the shoes again
of a son not a slave.
He said “put a ring on his finger.”
What was the ring?
That was the credit card of that day.
That was the authority to use
his father’s wealth again in town.
With the signet ring of his Father.
It’s like his father gave him
the family credit card again.
Restored it to him.
What we’re seeing here,
the message is;
God loves you so much
it’s independent of anything
you’ve ever done
or ever will done
haha, ever will done!
Ever have done or will do.
God loves you so much.
He just wants to pour out His grace.
He’s not mad at you,
He knows everything you’ve ever done.
He’s never felt about you,
the way you might have felt about yourself.
He loves you, He’s waiting for you
to come to Him like this son.
“Father I have nothing to offer you.
I just want to receive your grace”
and the Father says, “son I love you,
I would kill the fattened calf for you.
Not only the fattened calf
I shed My own blood
Jesus the Messiah.
His blood was poured
out for you,
to forgive you.
So what area today
are you in need of forgiveness?
Do you need to come to the Father
in a particular area of your life
and repent like this son?
and say,
Father I have nothing to offer you,
please forgive me.
Let’s just pray and ask Him that.
Father speak to us.
Is there an area of my life today
where I need your forgiveness?
Where I need your grace?
Lord thank you that You love me.
Father, today I receive your grace,
your love,
in the name of Jesus the Messiah,


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