So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
- Luke 15:20
I tend to picture Jesus with His arms open. Like a strong man standing a few feet from me, looking me in the eyes with his arms open wide, welcoming me in. I picture Him seeing my filth, my muck, my sin and making direct eye contact with me and saying, “Child, I still love you.”
I see myself walking tenderly towards Him, still gripping the very sin that He asked me to lay at His feet. I reach out and hesitantly touch the nail-scarred hands. And He waits not a second. He grabs my hands and embraces me in a hug.
“Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.” (Luke 15:18-19) Oh how many times I can say this. Daily, hourly, minute by minute even, Father I am not worthy to be called yours. I am not worthy of the life you have given me, the healing from hurt, the unconditional love.
But God says I am! He calls me holy, worthy, chosen. He is my Father. The prodigal son felt the sin, shame, and filth. And his response - not running, not hiding, not sitting in it - “So he returned home to his father.” He was hurting, broken, ashamed, hungry. And he turned to his father!
And friend, listen closely, I can do that too - and so can you! Because no matter our sin or hurt or brokenness, He welcomes us in. We are the prodigals and He is our Father. We are the lost and He leads us home. What a GOOD Father! What a gracious God!!
Close your eyes, tilt your head up, and imagine: Jesus standing in front of you, arms open wide, beaming, beautiful eyes looking directly into yours, scars on hands, perfect. And He begins to run - RUN - to you. Picture it! Can you see it? He throws His arms around you and kisses your cheek. After all your running and hiding, YOU ARE HOME!
But he doesn’t stop there: “We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!” (Luke 15:32) Friend, do you know this love today? Have you heard the words from the Father that you were dead and now you are alive? Are you lost? Have you been found?
Sweet girl, you are the prodigal. You are loved. And God is your Father - He is a GOOD Father! Run to Him. He is running to you!
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1. Do you know the love of the Father that this man experienced?
2. What is holding you back from running to Him with full abandon?
Father thank You! Thank You that You are a Good Father. Thank You that You use the example of the Prodigal Son to show me that you are not a closed-off God who condemns me for my sin. Thank You that You RUN to me and that Your arms are open for me to run to You too! Father, sometimes it seems hard to run to You. But Lord, show me that You are a safe place and You are home! I love You Jesus, Amen.