Those who wanted to listen could understand. Those who didn't want to understand didn't. Jesus was planting seeds among the people that day. It would be snatched from some. Others weren't ready to hear it. But for the ones that were, a Jesus kingdom of forgiveness and love began growing in thier life.
We find our true worth through the Gospel, the good news that money, possessions, or titles won’t stop Jesus from giving his life in exchange for ours. We find our true value in God’s love for us.
Though each story is different they're also the same. Every story ends with God and friends rejoicing over his lost children being found.
Jesus is continuing to press forward towards Jerusalem where he knows he will meet his fate on a cross. In our first story, an idea that still permeates minds and hearts today, rears its ugly head.
A prodigal is someone who is wastefully extravagant and more than the son who had run away, the father was wastefully extravagant with his love.
This outsider spent his time, energy, and money on the wounded man, who probably despised him also, to prove that love is greater than hate.