“I will set out and go back to my father”
The younger son, just like the tax collectors and ‘sinners’ listening to Jesus, was lost – and he knew it. It was not just that he had lost everything of value to him – all his money, his friends, his pride and his social standing. He had also discovered that he was still a lost person inside himself. All his desire for wealth and wild living had been an attempt to satisfy and escape from the empty pain within – and it hadn’t worked.
All he wanted now was to go home again, to the one place and one person where he had once belonged. There is that aching need in every one of us – to find that place of belonging, that person who will hold us, love us and accept us even with the layers of accumulated pain and dirt; someone who might even be able to wash us clean again, clothe us with hope and allow us to find some sense of beauty. Or, at the very least, a place where we might curl up quietly and be safe.
Jesus was showing everyone that place and that Person. He was showing them the love, acceptance, forgiveness and restoration that was waiting for those who came home. It was no wonder that the people who were walking in lonely darkness found His message and manner so compelling and appealing.
To all of us His great invitations ring out
• “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
• “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37)
We don’t have to wait until we have lost everything and there is nowhere else to go. The lost little person inside can go home (again) right now. Our Father is waiting and watching.
Ask Jesus your Shepherd to help you home again.
Lord Jesus You have found me again. I turn to You right now. Please take me home with You into the reality and security of the Father’s great love. Amen.