That's Radically Different!

Updated: Sep 17, 2021

The last 2 weeks we heard:

David: What is God Really Like?

Geoff: Who is Our Father?

Let’s look at some familiar scriptures:

Heb. 1:1 God, who in ancient days spoke to our forefathers in many distinct messages and by various methods through the Prophets,

Heb. 1:2 has at the end of these days spoken to us through a Son, who is the pre-destined Lord of the universe, and through whom He made the Ages.

Heb. 1:3 He brightly reflects God’s glory and is the exact representation of His being, and upholds the universe by His all-powerful word. After securing man’s purification from sin He took His seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Weymouth)

What is God really like? Who is our Father?

  • Jesus showed us the Father

  • NOTE: there’s a contrast in verse 1 - God spoke in ancient days by various methods through the prophets

  • TODAY: He is speaking to us through His Son - we know the Father by studying the Son - 1. while He walked on the Earth - 2. By RECEIVING the SON - 3. by KNOWING what the Son did for us..

It’s IMPORTANT to know where to look to discover who God really is:

  • Jesus is the place to look

Heb. 1:3 He is the exact representation of His being (Weymouth), the true image of his substance (BBE), and is stamped with God’s nature (MSG), the exact imprint of his nature (ESV), and expresses the very character of God (NLT), and is like him in every way (CEV), the exact representation of His nature (NAS)…

  • He is the TRUE and EXACT - IMAGE, NATURE, CHARACTER of the Father

This means that God’s image, His nature, His character, His essence, His substance, His imprint, His likeness was JESUS!

Def. Character: one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual.

Sample Sentence:This is a side of her character that few people have seen.”

In the story of the prodigal: (Waiting Father)

  • The Jewish people listening to Jesus were introduced to a Father they previously didn’t know

  • This is a side of God’s character that they previously had not known

  • Jesus was introducing the New Covenant - it was a transitioning and the guidelines were VERY different

Did God change? No - here is what changed:

2 Cor. 5:19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. (NLT)

  • The sin problem needed fixed

  • Jesus came to fix it - that changed the covenants

  • Stoning people for some sins in the Old - to forgiving those in the New

  • The law served it’s purpose

  • Grace is serving it’s purpose

Today: That’s Radically Different

Let’s pick up and read in Luke:

Luke 15:11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story… (NLT)

Q: What point does Jesus want to further illustrate?

Luke 15:10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” (NLT)

  • Jesus is making a point that God REALLY cares about sinners coming back home

Here is a bullet point summary of Luke 15:

  • Tax collectors and sinners came to Jesus

  • This made the Pharisees upset

Jesus then told these stories:

  • A shepherd going after one sheep

  • The shepherd is the pursuer of the lost sheep

  • The shepherd calls friends and rejoices when he finds the lost sheep

  • A woman who loses one of ten silver coins

  • The lady is the pursuer of the lost coin

  • The lady calls friends and rejoices when she finds the lost coin

The difference is extreme, for example in the Old Covenant you were punished for wrong doing, whereas in the New Covenant you are pursued in order to come back to the Father.

The arrival of a lost one coming home calls for celebration. No lingering guilt or condemnation.

Luke 15:11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons.

Luke 15:12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

Luke 15:13 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.

Luke 15:14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.

Luke 15:15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to fe