God can’t wait to welcome us home. It’s the place He’s prepared. One of the most beautiful stories in Scripture that illustrates this is found in Luke 15.19-24. The vigilance of God is always there. God is always, always holding out for the salvation of lost souls. Why? He wants as many in Heaven that will come.
I. Luke 15.20 – The Father and Prodigal Reconciled.
- We learn 4 things about the Father in 15.20. He:
- Moved with compassion.
- Ran to his son when he saw him.
- Embraced and kissed him.
- Just a powerful story. It’s meaning just as potent today as the day Jesus told it.
- This is the divine understanding of repentance, faith, and grace. This story should challenge us – from many angles.
II. Luke 15.22-24: The rest of the story.
- In 15.22, we find that the Father gave the prodigal three gifts.
- Immediately (without delay) he is given the best robe.
- He placed a ring on his hand – a sign of authority.
- He gave him shoes – Only members of the family wore shoes.
- What’s the message? Full reconciliation, full rights, privileges, authority, honor, respect, responsibility as a son.
- 15.23 – Calls for the greatest of celebrations.
- Killed the fattened calf. Reserved only for special events.
- The entire village would come. It’s a picture of heaven. See 15.6, 9-10.
- 15.24 – His son was dead, but has now come back to life.
- This is not only a celebration of the son, but a celebration of the Father.
- 15.24 – They began to celebrate. When you’re with God, the celebration never ends.
III. Do you need to come home?
- God wants you to get back where you belong.
- Our God is not a reluctant Savior – and today’s lesson should go far in dispelling whatever tactics Satan is using to keep you locked down in sin.
- If you’re not a Christian, it’s time to receive the love of the Father who waits for you to come home. Isaiah 43.25; Hebrews 9.26.