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WELCOME HOME!

If I had to choose my favourite parable, I would have to say the one about the prodigal son (Luke 15).

I choose it because in this story we see the heart of our Daddy God so clearly.

We see His love, His mercy and grace, His forgiveness and His acceptance of us.

In the parable we see a dad who loved his son so very much. He loved him even when he chose to turn his back on his father and squander the wealth he got from his dad.

In the same way our Daddy God loves us with an unconditional love. We have all turned our backs on Him and a lot of us are squandering the life He gave us. But still He loves us so very, very much.

Back to the parable. Here we see a dad who never gave up on his son. When the son decides to return, the dad spots him while he was still a long way off. That means the dad was on the lookout for his son. 

God never gives up on us either. Through the Holy Spirit He is constantly reaching out to the lost. He wants them to come home, just like He wanted us to come when we were still lost. 

In the story we see a dad who ran to his son to greet him and welcome him home. 

I once heard a sermon by a pastor who was from Middle-Eastern decent. According to him running was something a grown man just didn't do, especially a father. So it was something quite extraordinary for this dad to literally run to his child.

Can you see his joy in his actions?

In the other parables about the lost coin and the lost sheep, Jesus explained about the joy in heaven when a sinner repents: "I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent" (vs.7) and "In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents" (vs.10).

Lastly we see a dad who forgives his son; who accepts him back not as a hired servant, but as a son. And he throws a big party to welcome him home.

Because of the sacrifice of Jesus we can come home to God too. We can come because we have the assurance of forgiveness and acceptance.

Therefore we can come boldly; we can come with confidence and in faith.

We can come and know God will welcome us home!

There are many other lessons we can learn from the parable of the prodigal son, but next time you read it or you hear someone else read it, see your Daddy God's heart in the story.

See Him welcome you home and thank Him for it!