Good News for the Lost
This is one of three parables addressed to the Scribes and Pharisees in response to why Jesus associated with publicans and sinners (15:1-3).
Jesus shows us in this parable that God is a welcoming father to the outcast and despairing and even those who reject His love.
1. God’s welcome of you is a welcome of pure grace (v11-24).
2. God’s welcome of you is not earned or deserved (v25-32).