“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. Luke 15:20
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us Romans 5:8
The final part of this discussion about the prodigal sons deals with the father. He is the central figure here because the whole point of the parable, indeed this whole chapter of Luke’s gospel, is seeking and finding the lost ones. That is, all of humankind- we are lost without a redeemer.
I love the verse quoted above- “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.
The father did not meet his errant son with a lecture. He didn’t shame his son by saying, “I told you to listen to my counsel, but no, you had to do it your way and now look at you!” The father was so glad to see his son restored, he ran to greet his son. He went to get him, even before he got home.
The picture here is how God made the plan to send his son Jesus to earth to redeem a fallen world, even before the world really knew it needed him. The father chose to celebrate his returning son, not to shame him. While the son felt unworthy, the father made it clear that his son did not need to assume a position of shame. His position had been restored, just as if he had never left.
I see so many clients who feel unworthy of love and affection because of some past behaviors. Some feel unloved because love was never properly shown to them as they were growing up. The story of the prodigal son is a lesson for all of us. We are welcomed by a loving father who seeks us, even before we know we need to be found.
Prayer: Lord, you show us how to love others by demonstrating it to us. Help us to be good ambassadors of your plans, Amen.