“His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both Heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. 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.’ So the party began.”— Luke 15:21-24 (NLT)
Who Says You Can’t Go Home
Lyrics from the song written by Richard Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi include the phrase, “Who says you can’t go home?” It is very hard to admit our guilt and ask for forgiveness. There are many instances were a simple apology would have avoided years of heartache. This is also true of our relationship with God.
Coming to Our Senses
In Luke 15:11-32, Jesus tells the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The younger of two sons asks his father for his share of the family wealth. He receives it, travels to another country and parties all the money away with his newfound friends. A famine hits the region, and the son is left with nothing and no one. Destitute and alone, he is reduced to feeding the pigs of a local farmer and contemplates eating the pig feed himself. The son came to his senses, rehearsed the words of apology and humility he would say to his father, and returned home. Seeing him approaching, the father runs to greet his son. Instead of the reception the son expected from his father, he is welcomed back into the family, and a celebration is arranged.
Where Are Your Accusers?
There will always be people or thoughts that try to prevent us from being reunited with Christ. But Jesus does not accuse us. We are forgiven and told to sin no more (John 8:10-11).
“’Come now, let’s settle this,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool’” (Isaiah 1:18).
How comforting these words are. Remember that it is the God of the universe who has spoken these words into our hearts. We are blameless in the sight of God.
The Gift of Forgiveness
During the Christmas and New Year season, humble yourself before God, say you are sorry for your sins, and accept the gift of forgiveness offered through the sacrifice of Christ the Lord. Whether this is the first time you have committed your life to Christ or you are renewing your previous commitment, know there is rejoicing in Heaven.
Dear Lord, thank you for the most precious gift ever given to humanity – Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.
Our God hears,