More from Life – The week of February 9

A party awaits you 
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Luke 15: 11-32

In Luke 15, Jesus told the story of the lost son. Most of us are familiar with it. The son demands from his father the part of his inheritance. In doing that, in that culture, it was as if he wished his father were dead. The father gives him part of his inheritance, the son goes and wastes all the money on women and partying. After a while he ends up with no five, feeding the pigs, the lowest job in society for a young Jewish man. However, this young man reconsiders and decides to return to his father in the hope that his father will accept him as one of his day laborers.

On the other hand, his father was anxious for his son to return. Verse 20 says,

He was still far away when his father saw him and took pity on him; She ran out to meet him, hugged him and kissed him.

I imagine that this father went out every day in the hope that his son would return at any moment.

This is how God feels about us. This father was filled with compassion. She ran to meet him, hugged him, and kissed him. That is a complete demonstration of love and acceptance.

Imagine the reaction of that young man, he is about to arrive at his father’s house, all the way he has been pondering what he is going to say to his father when he sees him. Surely he practiced mentally how to say, “Father forgive me, I do not deserve to be called your son, please forgive me, I know I have watered it.” However, verses 22-24 say the following,

But before the boy finished speaking, the father called the servants and said “Soon! Bring the best clothes and dress him. Put a ring on him, and also sandals. Kill the fattest calf and let’s have a big party, because my son has returned! It is as if he had died, and he has come back to life. He was lost and we have found him. ” And the party began.

Do you know what those verses mean? It means that God does not need to listen to excuses, not because they are wrong, but because God does not care. The love of the Father for you and me is so great to cancel any pretext we have to justify where we have been, or what we have done.

This young man expected rejection, but received a warm welcome. He expected a sermon, but he received love. He expected damnation, but received compassion. I was expecting an “I told you so” but got a party. He expects punishment, but received mercy.

Perhaps today you find yourself separated from God, thinking “how the hell can I face God after everything I’ve done.” I want to tell you that your Heavenly Father loves you so much that He is eager for you to come home. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, or how far you’ve gone. God is longing for you to connect with him and return home.

I want you to know today that as far as God is concerned, you don’t have to justify yourself, it’s just a matter of asking him for forgiveness and opening your heart. Because with God always, you can always go home no matter how far you’ve gone. And I can guarantee that there will always be a party waiting for you.

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