Thursday, August 13, 2009

Luke 15:20-24

20So he got up and went to his father.
"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.[a]'

22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

This is part of the parable of The Lost Son. The son has squandered his wealth, knows he's messed up and finally decides to come home. While he was still a long way off the father runs to him. The father is compassionate, loving and forgiving toward the son. As sinners we were a long way off. God had mercy on us and did all the work of restoring the broken relationship that came about because of sin by sending His Son to suffer and die for us. I love this parable because it presents such a wonderful picture of the loving, forgiving Father we have.

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