Here at the climax of the last of the three stories, we have the most amazing, shocking, category-busting message of Jesus about what it means to be spiritually lost.
The father has to go out to each one.
What is Jesus showing? That both the bad son and the good son are both alienated from God. They’re both cut off from the father. Both Lost.
Jesus says there are two ways to be spiritually lost…
The Bible says you can either look to Jesus as Savior or to something else. You can either look to Jesus to save you for your salvation and to justify you, or you can look to something else to try and save you and justify yourself.
Don’t you understand everybody is lost here?
We’re all lost. The good people are lost. The bad people are lost. God has sent me (Jesus) to seek and save the lost. He loves the lost.
Only people who know THEY ARE lost have any hope of being found!