The Blessing of Forgiveness
The Prodigal Son’s Father
Isn’t the response of the prodigal son’s father truly amazing? He had so much compassion for his son and was so happy when he finally returned home. Although, this joyous occasion was not what the son had expected to receive. According to jewish customs the son knew that he would never be accepted back as part of the family but could return as a hired servant. Boy was he surprised!
As Jesus spoke this parable to the religious leaders (the Pharisees and Scribes), an intriguing aspect would have to be considered for the fact that the father ran to meet his son. A first-century Middle Eastern man would never run. Running would have caused him to pull up his tunic (so he wouldn’t trip and fall) and expose his bare legs. This would have been embarrassing and degrading to a mature man. However, the Scripture says, he ran!
The motivation behind the father’s shameful demonstration reveals an important truth. The father ran to meet his son before anyone else could reject or insult him for his disgraceful sins. Also because the father ran, it would have caused a disturbing scene. The people watching would have noticed the emotional reunion and accepted the son back as well. Only the father could restore the son back into a right relationship with the family.
God, the Father, accepted the shame of our sins through His Son, Jesus. As Jesus endured the cross, the wages of sin was satisfied through His death. As a result, we are restored and reunited with God in an eternal relationship. No matter what we do or how far we stray, God runs to embrace His children with loving arms. We are forgiven! Isn’t God’s forgiveness a blessing?
Pray and confess your sins so that you will experience the blessing of forgiveness just as the prodigal son did.