Remember when Junior decided he would return home? Remorse and guilt filled his very being. He thought about returning a lot. Then one day, he decided to return home. I wonder what God used as the catalyst. Could it be he had to retrieve a pig from a stinking hog wallow for the owner? That would do it for me.
Junior confessed to his father that he was not worthy to be a son, but considered it a privilege to be a lowly servant for him. He repented from his sin and understood his unworthiness. He never expected his father to throw a party in his honor.
Junior’s father had the servants get “the best robe” and put it on him. He needed new clothes and to be cleaned up. When sinners repent, God gives them a robe of righteousness. He cleans them up.
Just as the father in this story celebrated, so does God the Father. Angels rejoice over even one sinner that repents! This means that God loves each one of us – even if we get off track and fall into sin. He is waiting for prodigals to return. He does not go after them, give them a “second chance” without repentance. He patiently waits for us sinners to come to our senses and return to him in humility.
What a wonderful God we have!
“But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:22-24.
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