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The prodigal son

Jesus tells a parable about two sons.
Contributed by SIKU – Edge Group
Jesus once told a parable about a man who had two sons. – Slide 1
The younger one said to his father, ‘Give me my share of your inheritance now.’ So the man divided his property between his two sons. – Slide 2
The younger son then left home with the money and headed off on his travels. – Slide 3
He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living. He spent all the money he had. – Slide 4
Then a severe famine spread over that country, and he was left without a thing. – Slide 5
The only work he could find was looking after pigs. For a Jewish boy this was the lowest of all jobs. He wished he could fill himself with the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything to eat. – Slide 6
At last he came to his senses and said, ‘All my father's hired workers have more than they can eat, and here I am about to starve!  I will go home and say, ‘Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers.’ So he set off on the long walk home. – Slide 7
He was still a long way from home when his father saw him. His heart was filled with pity, and he ran, threw his arms around his son, and kissed him. <br/>‘Father,’ the son said, ‘I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son.’ <br/>The father called to his servants. ‘Quick, bring the best robe, put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Then go and get the prize calf and kill it, and let us celebrate with a feast! For this son of mine was dead, but now he is alive. He was lost, but now he has been found.’ And so the feasting began. – Slide 8
In the meantime the older son was out in the field. On his way back, when he came close to the house, he heard the music and dancing. When he found out from one of the servants what had happened, he was so angry he refused to go into the house. – Slide 9
His father came out and begged him to come in. <br/>The older brother protested, ‘I have been obedient and worked so hard for you. What have you given me? Not even a goat for me to have a feast with my friends! But this son of yours wasted all your property on prostitutes, and when he comes back home, you kill the prize calf for him!’ <br/>‘My son,’ the father answered, ‘you are always here with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate because your brother was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.’ – Slide 10
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