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Intro: Ill. The story of the Prodigal Son and the usual treatment of this text. Preachers always use this text to preach to backsliders or to the lost. I would like to take a different approach this morning and preach to those who are saved by God's grace. As we look into this passage, we see a young man with many problems in his life. Certainly there were doubts and fears about today and about the future. He faced regrets concerning his past and he found that a person most definitely reaps what they sow. Our story gives us a young man who is a member of the family, but he is one who has strayed away. As a result, he finds himself in the midst of great difficulty and trouble. He sinks about as low as any person could go and then he reaches a place where he experiences turning point in his life. Verse 17 tells us that "he came to himself!" Apparently, this young man had been the victim of temporary insanity. By the way, that's what backsliding is! He came to himself and remember how well he had things back at the Father's house. He knew that if he could just get home that things would be better.

Now, I don't want to spiritualize this thing too much this morning, but I do want you to know that sometimes I feel just like the Prodigal Son. Not in the sense that I have walked out on the Father, I just fell like it'll be better when I get home. I often find myself longing to be at the Father's house, in His glorious presence. I am sure you feel that way too from time to time.

If so, then I have good news for you! One day all of God's redeemed children are going home. When we get there, we will find that it is better than it is here. With that thought in mind, I would like to preach for a while on this thought, "It'll Be Better When We Get Home." I want to show you from these verses that when we get home, things will change. I want to encourage you this morning and remind you that It'll Be Better When We Get Home!

When We Get Home:


(Ill. When we get home, there will be some things that we will not have to deal with any longer.)

A. V. 11-13 There Will Be No More Sin - (Ill. The context. The Prodigal wandered away into a life of rebellion and sin.) How many times have you and I done the same thing? We had every intention of living for the Lord and doing well for His glory, but temptation came, we gave in and we fell into sin. Thank God, the day is coming when sin will no longer be a problem for you and me. We are going to a land where there will be no sin, Re. 21:27. Even this fleshly nature that gives us so much grief down here will be forever changed and will no longer desire the base things of life, 1 Cor. 15:53; 1 John 3:2.

B. V. 13 There Will Be No More Separation - (Ill. The Prodigal found himself separated from the Father. It turned out to be a miserable place to be.) As we travel through this world, we are blessed in that we have received these glorious promises from the Savior, (Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5; John 14:16-18). However, like it or not, we are still separated from the presence of our Father Who is in Heaven. There are still times when we fall into sin and lose our precious fellowship with Him, Isa. 59:2. Thank God, there is a day coming when this will be no more! We will be perfected, we will be home and we will be in His presence evermore!

C. V. 13 There Will Be No More Straying - (Ill. The Prodigal took his leave of the father and headed out to a live of selfish, sinful living.) Doesn't that describe us most of the time? As the song says, "Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Here's my heart Lord take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above." Thank God, when our change comes, there will be no more straying, there will be no more wandering. We will ever abide in perfect fellowship with the Father in glory!

D. V. 14-17 There Will Be No More Suffering - (Ill. The Prodigal found that a life lived outside the will of God is a life of pain and problems, Heb. 13:5. He suffered because of his decision to live apart from the Father's will.) I suppose everyone in this room knows that this life is a time of pain and suffering. Now, please don't misunderstand me, I have no sad songs to sing. I have no "oh, woe is me" stories to tell. God has blessed my life and He has been extra good to me. I am simply saying that this life is a time of trouble for those of us who are humans. The Lord Himself said so in John 16:33. Job told us about the trials of life in Job 14:1 and 5:7. While we journey as pilgrims in this world, we can expect to experience our share of trials and troubles, but bless His good Name, when we get home, it'll be better! I have read the end of the book and I have seen where the Lord will take away the burdens of this life and remove our sufferings from our shoulders, Rev. 21:4! (Ill The Tribulation Saints - Rev. 7:14-17.) Thank God, it'll be better when we get home!

I. Some Things Will Be Behind Us


A. V. 20 We Will See The Father - (Ill. When the Prodigal returned home, He was able to see the father once again. They had been separated, but now, they are brought together.) Ill. According to the Bible, "no man hath seen God," 1 John 4:12. We are prevented from seeing Him because He is a Spirit and we are flesh. He is holy and we are sinful. If we were to see Him, it would kill us. (Ill. Even Moses was prevented from seeing the Lord in all of His glory - Ex. 33:18-23.) When we get home, we will see Him as He is!

(Ill. We will look in the face of the One Who loved us enough to send His only Darling Son to die in our place. The One Who "commendeth His love toward us in that while we where yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8)

B. V. 22a We Will Be Remade After His Fashion - (Ill. When the Prodigal came home, the father ordered him to be clothed in the best robe in the house. Who do you think it belonged to? The father himself no doubt! When this boy came home, he smelled of the hog pen. He was dirty and he was in sad shape, but when the father's robe was placed upon him, all the evidence of the wayward life was eradicated from view.) Folks, when we get home we are going to be remade after His fashion! (Ill. Cor. 15:39-49! Remember again, 1 John 3:2!) One day, when we get home, we will be given a body fashioned like that of our Lord's. An eternal body that will never age, weaken, die or sin. A perfect that will delight in the service of the Father. A body just like that of the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Ill. Today, we see faults in one another. In that day, there will be no faults to see, but all will be perfect just like Jesus. I look forward to that wonderful "gettin" up mornin'" when I awake with His image. Ill. This was the hope of the Psalmist, Ps 17:15, "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.")

C. V. 22b We Will Enjoy His Favor - (Ill. The Prodigal returned home and was rewarded by the father with the ring of reconciliation. That ring signified that this wayward boy had been fully restored to his place in the family. He was in the wrong, but when he returned home, he was the one who was rewarded.) My friends, when we get home, the Father is going to reward us, Rev. 22:12. Now, He did all the dying, He did all the saving, He did all the keeping, He did all the working, He did everything and anything we have ever done for Him was produced through us by His power, John 15:5. Yet, He tells us that when we get home, He will reward us! That is enough to make a Baptist shout "Hallelujah!"

(Ill. He may reward us, but we will have the privilege of laying those rewards at His nail pierced feet, Rev. 4:10-11. What a day that will be! That will make a lot of things better when we get home!)

D. V. 22c We Will Experience His Freedom - (Ill. When the Prodigal returned home, He was given shoes for his feet. In that day only the slaves when barefooted. The father is telling this boy, "You are no servant, but you are a free man!) In this life, we are told very clearly that we are the servants of the Lord, Rom. 6:22; Eph. 6:6. We are His, we have been bought with a price and He has the right to use us when, where and how He pleases! When we get home, we will still serve, but like the Prodigal, we will be elevated to a new level of service. You see, we will have a body that can serve properly. We will have a mind that will desire to serve properly. We will have a spirit that will yearn to serve Him properly. We will experience freedom from all the things that hinder our service down here! We will be free to serve the Lord when we get home.

I. Some Things Will Be Behind Us

II. Some Things Will Be Before Us


A. There Will Be A Feast - (Ill. When the Prodigal returned home, He was presented with a great feast. The Father killed the fatted calf and threw a great party because his son had returned home from the far country.) May I remind you that when the Bride of Christ gets home, there will be a great celebration in Heaven? Ill. Rev. 19:7-9. I do not pretend to understand all that this entails for you and me, but I do know that there will be a feast when we get home.

B. There Will Be A Festival - (Ill. When the Prodigal returned home, verse 24 says that they began to be merry. They had a shindig. They had a hoot-n-nanny. They had a blow out that night.) I would like to remind all the saints of God that Heaven will probably be a far cry from the average Baptist church service. If you cam to the average Baptist church on Sunday and didn't know better, you'd think someone died. In Heaven, things are a far cry from that. In fact, in Heaven, there is shouting and praising of the Lord, Luke 15:10; Rev. 4:6-1; Rev. 5:8-11; Rev. 5:14; Rev. 7:9-12; Rev. 11:15-16; Rev. 19:4-6. Our praising will be better when we get home! There will be some people who will shout who have never grunted in church. I can't wait! Now, some of the things I have preached about, you will just have to wait until you get home to enjoy, but good old-fashioned praising the Lord is something that can be enjoyed right now!

Conc: When the Prodigal got home he found it was better. So will we! I praise God for what awaits the saints one day. However, some here probably aren't going. If you have never trust Jesus as your Savior, you will not go home, you will go to Hell. He can change that if you will come to Him.

Sermon By Alan Carr


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