Luke 15:17-24 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So 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.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“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. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
The parable of the lost son is a popular passage of scripture in which Jesus describes the predicament a young man finds himself in after indulging in wayward living. After the son has hit rock bottom and has reduced himself to feeding with pigs, he decides to go home to his father.
I can imagine the shame the young man experienced as he saw his father standing in the distance watching and waiting. A thousand thoughts raced through his head like, you failed or you don’t belong here. The bible says that while the son was still a long ways off, the father ran to meet him and threw his arms around him and kissed him. Not the kind of reception one would expect.
This passage of scripture is for all who have blown it at some point in life. This is for all who have hurt and betrayed the trust of love ones who would lay down their lives for them. God Is saying, “come on home, I got ya. Doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, come on home.”
Over and over you’ve said in tears, God I’m through with this sin only to commit the sin again and again. Doesn’t matter God says come on home. Drug addiction, doesn’t matter God says come on home. Alcohol addition, doesn’t matter God says come on home. Failed marriage, doesn’t matter God says come on home. Turned your back on God, doesn’t matter God says come on home.
NOTHING can or will ever separate you from the love of God. In Christ forgiveness and redemption will always be yes. There are no small prints to take away the bold promises of God, no preexisting conditions, hoops to jump or applications to fill. All God requires is your heart.
Today, come on home to the one who is running to you with open arms saying “welcome home.”
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