“I will set out and go back to my father
and say to him:
“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you”
Again and again I return to this amazing illustration of the love of God – painted for us by Jesus Himself. This time God surprised me by drawing my attention to the faith of the lost son.
He had done everything possible to alienate himself from his father. He had demanded his inheritance early, thereby indicating that his father was living too long. He had walked away from his father, his family and his home. He had ‘squandered his wealth on wild living’ and ‘with prostitutes’ and had ended up a ragged beggar in the gutter, with nothing to call his own and with no means of supporting himself. Everything had been lost including his social status and self-respect.
However, there was one precious item that remained – one that only surfaced right at the end. That was his knowledge of his father’s character. And, Jesus tells us, it was ‘when he came to his senses’ that he found it and knew that there was in fact one place to which he could go. He could go home to his father. He believed that his father would not turn him away.
This is the blinding truth that the Lord Jesus holds out to us. Whatever we have done, wherever we have been, and wherever we find ourselves to be – when the truth hits us that we have got it all so wrong – there remains for us always one safe place to which we can turn – we can go home to God our Father. We can return – not to the servant’s quarters – but into the arms that have never been closed to us.
Finally we look away from ourselves and we look at God – and we see – and we find all that we have longed for ….
Do I need to go home from anywhere?
Help me come Lord Jesus, dare I stay away!