Coming Home

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’” Luke 15:12-32.

God just wants us back. Yes, He gives us the freedom to leave and live dissolute lives, defying all His commands. But when we finally figure it out, He is waiting with open arms. But not everyone feels that way.

An often forgotten component of this parable is that of the good son, who didn’t demand his inheritance and party it away. This son is resentful when his brother returns. He continues to hold his brother’s sins against him. After all, why should this wastrel be rewarded for his wicked ways?

Perhaps the “good ones” in the church do not evangelize the lost because they would rather see them suffer for their sins. They have forgotten that they also have been forgiven, even if it was for lesser crimes. And then they merely wait to see if the sinners will come to church, instead of going to find them.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15.

One thought on “Coming Home”

  1. I don’t think that’s the reason why some let sinners suffer. I think that many churches call themselves Christians but are not even saved or preach the Gospel message to be saved. Or if they do it’s a garbled gospel. When I was saved I had no doubt I was a sinner. But because of my sin that I deserved death in hell, Rim6:23. You have to hear the bad news before you hear the good. And the most important is the Gospel message. Many that call themselves Christians think if you live good life, repent of your sins, say the sinners prayer, ask Jesus into heart, etc. will get them to heaven. It’s a garbled message. You Must believe the Gospel to be saved. Jesus died for your sins by his death burial and resurrection. Jesus died for all your sins past present and future. You have no part in the Gospel but to simply believe it. And trust in the only One that can and will save you if you believe in him.

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