I Believe I’ll Go Home – 7/26/20 AM

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I Believe I’ll Go Home

Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Intro: It’s time to go home when…

               A. You’re Far Off – vs. 13 …he took his journey into a far country…

               B. You’re Foolish – vs. 13 …wasted his substance… Greek: disperse; scatter; throw away

               C. You’re Fleshly – vs. 13 …on riotous living…

               D. You’re Filthy – vs. 15 …sent him into his fields to feed swine…

               E. You’re Friendless – vs. 16b …no man gave unto him.

               F. You’re Famished – vs. 16 …he would fain have filled his belly with the husks…

He took one long look in the mirror, and the Bible says – HE CAME TO HIMSELF.

He did inventory, discovered where he was, and said, I BELIEVE I’LL GO HOME!!!

  • Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

There was something about home that was pulling him; drawing him; calling him.

Even in his despicable state, in his awful condition, he knew there was one place he could go – HOME!

I want to look at four reasons why the prodigal son decided to go home.

He said, “I Believe I’ll Go Home…”

I. Because of the Kitchen – vs. 17 …servants of my father’s have bread enough to spare…I perish with hunger.

There’s nothing that will draw a person back home like home cooking.

I love to travel, and the Lord has allowed me to travel all over the world.

I enjoy the different food and trying new things.

But it doesn’t take long before I start to miss my wife’s cooking.

ILLUSTRATION: My last trip was to Myanmar. We had Asian food every morning for breakfast. I was looking for something different for supper one night, so I found fish on the menu. I said “Hallelujah!” It came out intact; head, tail, fins, scales, eyeballs – the whole nine yards!!   Not only did I have to pick around the scales, but it was marinated in some kind of napalm hot sauce. Every bite got hotter. I felt like I was on some kind of TV show that was a cross between the Food Network, Survivor and Fear Factor – all at the same time. I had a tiny canned coke with no ice. Right about then, I was craving some of my wife’s pot roast with baby carrots, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, black eyed peas, corn on the cob and some lemon-meringue pie and unlimited iced, sweet tea. I looked at Brother Replogle and said, “I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get back to the house!”

In our story, this boy would have loved to had some fish with the head and scales still on it! He had nothing!

He was starving! – vs. 17…servants of my father’s have bread enough to spare…I perish with hunger.

The devil doesn’t feed his children. He starves them to death.

When he does feed them, he makes them think it will be sweet, but in reality, it’s bitter!

  • Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
  • Proverbs 27:7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

He said, “I Believe I’ll Go Home…”

II. Because of the Kinfolk – vs. 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father…

Even though he offered to be a servant, he still called him Father.

There’s something special about family.

He said in vs. 19, “I’m no longer worthy to be called your son; but you’re still worthy to be called Father.”

He had been in a far country, surrounded by strangers.

No man gave unto him. Nobody cared about him. Nobody cared if he lived or died.

He had joined himself to a citizen of that far country, and all he got out of it was rejection and starvation.

When he remembered the family – his kinfolk – his father – he decided to make a swap.

He swapped the harlots for home.

He swapped the foreigners for family.

He swapped the “no man” for the “one man” that would love

He said, “I Believe I’ll Go Home…”

III. Because of the Kindness – vs. 20 …his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran

No doubt, he had not heard a kind word since he left the house.

If he did, he had to pay for it.

One thing is sure – not one single person he came in contact with had any idea what compassion meant.

When he was living in sin, there was no compassion.

When he went broke, there was no compassion.

When he was starving to death, there was no compassion.

When he was lonely, and heartbroken, there was no compassion.

When he was ashamed of himself and struggling with what to do, there was no compassion.

But he knew where he could find some!

He knew his father would take him back, even if it was as only a hired servant.

No doubt, he had watched his father forgive a wayward servant before.

Maybe they had messed up, or ran away, or done something wrong.

He knew his father would treat him right.

His father had given him his portion of his inheritance and let him walk away.

He said, “I Believe I’ll Go Home…”

IV. Because of the Kisses – vs. 20 …his father saw him…and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Only a few times in the Bible we find that phrase – “fell on his neck and kissed”

  • Genesis 33:4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
  • Genesis 45:14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
  • Genesis 46:29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
  • Acts 20:37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him,
  • Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

The word “kiss” here in the Greek means – to kiss much, kiss again and again, kiss tenderly

In each case, it was a display of pent-up emotion;

His father SHOWERED him with kisses.

He stunk like a hog pen.

He hadn’t had a bath.

He hadn’t changed clothes in only God knows how long.

He was a mess.

But his father couldn’t stop kissing him.

He FELL ON HIS NECK AND KISSED HIM.

Here’s what I believe.

I believe his father wanted to kiss him so much that he forgot the kisses of the harlots.

He forgot the kisses of the world; the kisses of the far country.

Let me say this – you haven’t been kissed until you’ve been kissed by the Father!!

Conclusion: You may be here today, and think to yourself that this message isn’t for you.

You may say, “I never left home. I am not a prodigal. I’m just fine.”

Guess what? There was another brother. An elder brother.

That brother never left the house; he didn’t take his inheritance and run off, but he still wasn’t right.

1. He didn’t enjoy the KITCHEN.

In verse 28, he would not go in to enjoy the fatted calf.

2. He didn’t enjoy the KINFOLK.

Not once did he ever call his father, Father. He asked the servants what was going on inside the house. His communication with the Father wasn’t right.

Instead, he was concerned about his friends – see verse 29.

He mentioned his service to his father, but never his relationship/fellowship.

3. He didn’t enjoy the KINDNESS.

His father extended it to him, (vs. 28) but he refused it.

He chose to stay angry; he chose to stay on the outside; he chose to be at odds.

4. He didn’t enjoy the KISSES.

We know his father was a compassionate, kind, affectionate man.

But the elder brother never got to enjoy the kisses.

He was home, but he never enjoyed the blessings of home.