Amazing Grace, Unfailing Love
The parable of the loving father welcoming back a lost son is perhaps the best-known story Jesus told.
We read it in Luke 15:11-32. It is powerful & it is deeply moving with much to teach us about God & ourselves.
It shows the Father’s great love, grace & compassion to those who will repent, turnaround & return to Him.
Incredibly we are welcomed back through His amazing grace & unfailing love.
So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe [for the guest of honor] and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand, and sandals for his feet. And bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let us [invite everyone and] feast and celebrate; for this son of mine was [as good as] dead and is alive again; he was lost and has been found.’ So they began to celebrate. Luke 15: 20-24
The fathers great love meant he was daily on the lookout for his wayward & profligate son.
Once the son came to his senses, he realised he would be better off back home as one of his fathers hired hands – a servant.
He was willing & ready to return to be a servant because he realised he was no longer worthy to be treated as a son.
The father because of his great love would have none of it. His son was alive & home. The passionate long embrace with repeated kissing of his son’s neck demonstrated the depth of love & feeling.
The gifts & celebration that followed powerfully reinforced this.
There was no doubting the son was passionately loved, totally forgiven & fully restored to the family.
Great grace followed as lavish gifts of love were then bestowed upon the restored son.
The gifts were great gifts of honour & worth but more than that they were gifts that signified sonship.
This son was returning as a son who would be celebrated rather than slipping back in quietly as a hired hand!
Through powerful actions, strong emotions, lavish gifts & hugely significant words the father demonstrates his great love.
Grace & mercy triumph over any judgment that might have been appropriate (James 2:13).
Reconciliation & restoration are the order of the day.
A life restored & a relationship healed. Wonderful.
Sonship is to celebrated & celebrated well!!! Let the feasting begin.
This parable is a portrayal of the welcome, forgiveness, restoration, blessing & favour we receive when we return to the Lord.
That return is made possible in & through the Lord Jesus Christ. His death & resurrection making a way for us to return home.
Forgiveness flows through God the Father’s grace, compassion & mercy.
His blessing & kindness follow & are expressed in the wondrous gift of sonship.
We are deeply & dearly beloved children of God (Romans 8:15-16).
How amazing that we can cry out ‘abba’ (papa) to the Lord of heaven & earth!!
You are dearly, deeply & passionately loved by Father God – He cannot love you any more & He cannot love you any less.
Just amazing!!! Bask in the warmth & depth of His great love for you.
- Do I feel fully restored, totally forgiven & lavishly loved by my heavenly Father God?
- In what ways do I experience the Father’s embrace & affectionate kisses?
- Meditate upon the huge significance of the Father’s words, actions & gifts in this powerful parable.
A song related to this theme:
Thank you for Your amazing grace & unfailing love,
That in Your great compassion & love you welcome me home ‘In Christ’ & celebrate my sonship.
Thank you for the cleansing , healing & restoration I have received,
And for the lavish gifts of sonship You freely bestow upon me.
Lord God, I stand in awe of your mighty love & grace,
Such love is too wonderful for me.
In Jesus mighty Name.
Written by Gareth Jones