TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2011THE LESSON OF THE PRODIGALThe Bible says, When he [the prodigal] was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him (Luke 15:20).I believe the prodigal came home because of his history with his father. This young man knew his fathers characterand apparently he had received great love from him. He must have known that if he returned, he wouldnt be upbraided or condemned for his sins.Notice how the prodigals father received him in his pitiful condition. The young man was intent on offering a heartfelt confession to his dad. Yet when he faced his father, he didnt get a chance to fully confess. His father interrupted him by running up to him and embracing him.The young man was only able to blurt out the beginning of his speech, saying, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son (v. 21). But his father didnt wait for him to finish. To him, the young mans sin had already been settled. The fathers only response was to issue an order to his servants: Put a robe on my son and rings on his fingers. Prepare a feast, because were going to celebrate. Everyone rejoicemy son is home. He knew his sons heart. He knew he had fully repented.Sin wasnt the issue to this father. The only issue in his mind was love. He wanted his boy to know he was accepted even before he could utter a confession. And that is the point God wants to make to us all: His love is greater than all of our sins. The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance (Romans 2:4).
I have studied this parable with much thought. I feel sadness from the multiple interpretations I have heard preached on it. To be such a beautiful gift from the Lord to man and then to see the division of men over what Christ is trying to teach. Being curious of what Wilkerson had to say I saw a small facet of this parable I had not seen before.Call me infantile and you would be correct to do so but I had never pondered the thought that the Father was so quick to cut off the son's speech. Is that not unlike Christ's Work of Righteousness? What can we do and what can we say that might earn our approval of the Father? Has Christ not done it all? The son's speech is cut short when it comes to his terms of reconcilliation. The son can ONLY bring his true repentance and nothing else, and we know where even that repentance is birthed! How beautiful. I hope I have not read too much into this.Thanks Joyful_Heart for sharing.ybiC