Have you ever realized that they never mention the name of the Prodigal Son? Do you think that’s because we are actually all Prodigal Sons? There are so many times in our life when we walk away from God thinking we can survive on our own. The son represents all of our personal rebellions against God. And unfortunately, we usually have to hit rock bottom before we come to our senses and recognize our sin.
The father in the story clearly represents our Heavenly Father. He waits patiently for his son’s return, just as God so patiently waits for each one of us. And when we return with humble hearts, God so lovingly shows us His compassion and grace. In story we see that once the father saw that his son was coming home, he ran to greet him. The father running to his son, greeting him with a kiss and ordering the celebration to begin is a perfect picture of how our Heavenly Father feels towards sinners who repent. He offers us everything in His Kingdom and we joyfully celebrate our restored relationship with Him. And the best part: God doesn’t even think twice about any of it. He doesn’t dwell on our past waywardness; He is just so happy that we have finally returned home.
“The Lord does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; Continue reading