The Far Country

Luke 15:13

Over the years we have looked at this passage of Scripture time and again and we have learned much. We have considered it from the aspect of the prodigal, the brother, and the father.

This morning I want us to focus on just one phrase found in verse 13. The ‘far country’. The prodigal was not the only person to visit this place. As a matter of fact, it is not always a geographical location, the other brother visited there without leaving home. Everyone of us has either been there, or perhaps we are there right now! It is anyplace and every place whenever we are away from our heavenly Father, God. By nature it is where we were born, we were all citizens of the far country. "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Rom 3:10;23) If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then you are still there today!

However, it is also a place that those who are believers, those who are born-again, those who are Christians, can also go. If they choose to do so.

I. We think that the far country is a place of escape.

II. What leads us to that far country?

III. What happens in that far country?

IV. What happens when we return?

Where are you this morning? Have you ever trusted in the shed blood of Christ for your personal salvation? The opportunity is now. Will you come? Christian, have wandered away from God? Why not come home this morning? Come back in repentance and confession and find the restoration that can only come from your loving Father.

Do you know a prodigal? A son or daughter? A mom or dad? A family member or maybe just a good friend? Don’t give up on them ... pray for them, take every opportunity to love them and ... trust God to deal with their hearts. Verse 20 tells me that the father was constantly looking for his son to return -- waiting for him with open arms and a loving heart.