“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.”
– Luke 15:21-24
Our God is one who searches after His people and loves His people, this is what Jesus is trying to explain to the Pharisees. No Pharisee had ever dreamed of a God like that. Jesus tells them the most dramatic of the parables, telling them of the one son, the younger of two. The story of the prodigal son. You may know the story, the son demands his inheritance early from his father, and his dad gives it to him. Then, he runs away and blows through all his cash on gambling, prostitution, and drinking. Once the son hits rock bottom, he realizes that he can go back and work for his dad as hired hand. So he practices what he’s going to say over and over on his way back home, but to his surprise, his father is overjoyed to see him. He immediately runs to his son, exclaiming, “My son has returned home!” And there is a party thrown in his honor. With this story Jesus is trying to make this point: That young man, when he’s home, is the son. He belongs. He cannot be a servant and be under his father’s house. If he’s in his father’s house, he has belonging, he has dignity, he has love, he has authority, and he has joy. It’s an amazing symbol. The Pharisees can’t imagine a God who would be this way towards those that have sinned. But Jesus is telling them: This is how God looks at the tax collectors and sinners.
Thank you, God, for always searching after us. We belong to you, thank you for calling us your children and for looking after us, always.
What does this parable mean to you?
Could the fatted calf himself be a metaphor of Christ?
That Our Heavenly Father will always been there forevermore to bless us and love us unconditionally that we can love & bless others daily!
It makes me feel that after being away so long — and constant back and forth of coming and going — to pray that I just stay home.