Luke 15:20 Come Home…Come Home

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Luke 15:20 Come Home…Come Home

Luke 15:20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.

This, of course, is the prodigal son. He had taken the money and run. Then he spent it on riotous, unrighteous living/carousing and is now broke and hungry. He’s hoping Dad might take pity on him and give him a job as one of his farmworkers. But Dad was like most good parents – he grieved his son’s leaving – he grieved his son’s poor decision-making – he grieved his son’s absence and he was probably angry as well at the financial waste. We grieve when we see our children struggle – with whatever, – foolish choices, losses, illness, sadness, fraternal strife, or whatever. Even when the situation is one of their own making, we have compassion, or maybe even, like the Dad of this story, are filled with compassion and long to bring them back to a healthy restoration. This was a radical parable that Jesus told – He used it to illustrate what His Abba was really like. This is a clear clash between law and grace. The bad news is that we’re all self-made prodigals in one way or another at many and varied points along our way. The good news is that, like my mental picture of the Dad of the story, our God is sitting on his front porch and watching down the road for a familiar figure starting to turn towards home, even while still afar off. Come home, come home, all who are weary of whatever kept or keeps you in the far country, come on home.

Pastor Bill

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