Luke 15:11-31

Luke 15:11–31 (ASV 1901)

11And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of thy substance that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together and took his journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous living. 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17But when he came to himself he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish here with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight: 19I am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20And he arose, and came to his father. But while he was yet afar off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight: I am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23and bring the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat, and make merry: 24for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26And he called to him one of the servants, and inquired what these things might be. 27And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28But he was angry, and would not go in: and his father came out, and entreated him. 29But he answered and said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, and I never transgressed a commandment of thine; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30but when this thy son came, who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou killedst for him the fatted calf. 31And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that is mine is thine.

Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage

Chinese farmer, Chang Fang Yuan, heard the story of The Prodigal Son from Miss Louisa Vaughan in a tent meeting. Chang had attended simply "to hear a white woman speak Chinese," but by the end he saw himself as the Prodigal and begged to know how to get back to his Heavenly Father. The farmer was saved and boldly returned to his village in spite of the promise of great persecution.
Cheng Ting Chiah was able to powerfully relate the Parable of the Prodigal Son in his preaching because he personally identified with the story in every way. Most importantly, his identity was as a recipient of God's gracious love since he had been delivered from the terrible grip of opium.
A wealthy Italian lady of the 1920's was reading a French romance novel, into which the author wove the parable of the Prodigal Son. Quite apart from the novel, the parable struck the mind and heart of the reader such that she saw herself as the Prodigal. At the same time, God led an evangelist to her door who was able to show her the parable in Luke’s gospel, and to explain to her the implications of God’s love.
Reverend Weitbrecht shared the Good News to an ever-increasing crowd of nineteenth century Hindus. They were so taken with the love of God as depicted in the story of the Prodigal Son, that they begged him to tell them more.