The Third Parable
Prodigal son

A man had two sons. Each son would get some money when the father died. The younger son did not want to wait until his father’s death. He asked for his part of the money at once. The father gave it to him. Luke 15:11–12

The son spent all the money he got from his father

The son took the money and left home. He went to another land, where he spent all of it. And he sinned again and again. Luke 15:13

He became very hungry

Finally he had no money to buy food. Very hungry, he asked a man for help. The man sent him to feed pigs. Luke 15:14–15

He decided to repent and be a servant for his father

The son was so hungry he wanted to eat the pigs’ food. The servants in his father’s house had better food to eat than he did. He decided to repent and ask to be a servant in his father’s house. Luke 15:15–19

His father saw him coming

When he went home, his father saw him coming. Luke 15:20

The father kissed his son

The father ran to meet his son, and he put his arms around his son and kissed him. Luke 15:20

The son said he had sinned

The son told his father that he had sinned. Luke 15:21

The father dressed his son nicely

The father told a servant to bring the best clothes and put them on the son. The servant put shoes on the son’s feet and a ring on his finger. Luke 15:22

and had a feast prepared for him

Then the father told the servant to make a feast for the son. He wanted everyone to celebrate because the son who had gone away was now home. The son who had sinned had now repented. Luke 15:23–24

The older son heard about the feast

The older son had been working in the field. When he came home, he heard music and dancing. A servant told him the younger son had come home and their father wanted everyone to celebrate with him. Luke 15:25–27

He was angry

Angry, the older son would not go into the house. His father came out to talk with him. Luke 15:28

Everything the father had belonged to the older son

The father said the older son had always stayed with him and enjoyed all that was there. And everything the father now had would belong to the older son. But his younger son had gone away. And because he had come home, it was right to celebrate. His younger son had sinned, but now he had repented. Luke 15:31–32

Heavenly Father loves everyone

Jesus ended the story. He had told the Pharisees three parables to show them why He talked to sinners. The Savior wanted the Pharisees to know how much Heavenly Father loves everyone. He loves people who obey Him. He also loves sinners. He wants sinners to repent so they can come back to Him. John 3:16–17

Illustrations by Paul Mann