God could have started over.
Human beings messed up. We received the gift of life but ungratefully rejected the giver. But God re-established the relationship, loving and caring for Israel, and becoming a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. Here’s the question: after we broke the connection, why did God bother with us? Why didn’t he just start over with people on some other planet? The reason God isn’t willing to write us off even when we disobey him is because he loves us.
The Prodigal Son.
Jesus told a story (Luke 15:11-32) about a man who had two sons. The younger son told his father that he didn’t want to be his son anymore and asked for his inheritance. With the money, the son went to a faraway place and spendt it all partying. Now, broke and alone, the son became desperate and headed back home to ask to be a slave in his father’s house. The father saw his son from far off and ran to meet his lost son. He threw a celebration for whole household, saying, “We have to celebrate and be glad because my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and has been found.” The son was ungrateful and left. but the father never stopped loving the son. When he returned, he made him part of the family again.
This is our story as well.
Likewise, we are ungrateful and abandon God, but God still loves us. But in our story God goes one step further. He sends his son out to get us and bring us back. In our story, we’re still living far from God when Jesus finds us and invites us to come back home again.
God wants us in his family.
There is a reason why God didn’t just leave us alone, why he came, sought us out, brought us back. It’s because God loves us. But his goal is more than that. He wants to make us a family. That’s what he has wanted from the beginning. He wants us to participate in the life of God as a family. So Jesus came to offer us the chance to become adopted into God’s family again.
John 1:12 (NLT) But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
That’s why Jesus became incarnate: to bring human beings into the family of God again.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- In what ways is your story like the Prodigal Son? In what ways is it different?
- What does the story of the Prodigal Son show us about God’s motivation toward us?
- How is salvation like being adopted into a family?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.