Episode 099 – Parable of the Lost Son Pt 6: Shame on the Cross
Key Passage(s): Luke 15:11-32
Honor and shame played a significant role in the cultural context of Jesus’s life and ministry. Like a stain, shame diminished a person’s worth in the eyes of the community, and shame continues to have this crippling effect on countless people. From start to finish, this parable is saturated with shame, and Jesus seems to have designed it this way on purpose. Why? Because Jesus is telling us something about Himself and what happens to shame on the cross.
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- What have been some of your own experiences with shame?
- By scorning the shame of the cross, Jesus—in essence—also scorns the shame that marks our lives. What do you think it looks like to allow Jesus to speak to, touch, and bless the tender places of shame in your life?
- It was said in the teaching, “There is no length God won’t go to remind you that you are loved, accepted, pursued, cherished and celebrated.” Do you believe this is true? If you’re struggling to believe this, why do you think that is? What may God be saying to you?
- How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
For Further Study
- How to Read the Bible: The Parables of Jesus by BibleProject
- Stories With Intent by Klyne Snodgrass – Pages 117-143
- Poet & Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes (Combined Ed.) by Kenneth Bailey – Pages 158-206 in Poet & Peasant
- Jesus, The Middle Eastern Storyteller by Gary M. Burge – Chapter 6
- The Parables by Brad Young – Chapter 7
- The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
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