He had been playing football in a nasty, soggy, muddy field. Tired and covered with fresh mud, little James returned home for dinner. His mother horrified with his appearance and wanting to shame him said, “Who’s this? I don’t know of anyone who lives here who could ever get so dirty and come to the table to eat!”
“It’s me, Mom,” he shouted. “It’s your son James who’s underneath all this dirt.”
Jesus once told the story of a son who went to his father and said, “Dad, I want whatever you have that has been set aside for my inheritance. I’m leaving home today.”
But things did not work out the way the son thought they would. He wasted his inheritance on things that were pleasing but had no eternal value. So, one day he “came to himself!” In this famous story, Jesus described the foolishness of “passing fancies” in comparison to the gift He has to offer: a life worth living through the grace of God.
He was met by his Dad who was filled with joy and compassion, waiting for this day – the day he would realize what his father had to offer him. He wrapped his son in his arms and held him tightly, told him that he was loved and welcomed, and “all is forgiven.”
What a picture of Jesus: eyes searching, ears listening, arms open, heart-pounding, and waiting and wanting to offer everyone complete forgiveness for every sin.
Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for providing a love that exceeds our sinfulness, grace and mercy for anyone, and the opportunity to begin a life with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found. Luke 15:11-32