And He said, “A man had two sons. Luke 15:11
As we celebrate Fathers Day , the story I reflect on is the Prodigal Son. It’s a story about how our Heavenly Father loves us and shows us mercy , even when we didn’t deserve it
“The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. Luke 15:12
The Prodigal Son had everything, his Father provided for him. Yet the Son wanted more, he wanted to abandon his Father and family to pursue his own self interests. And just as a loving Father, he allowed him to leave
“And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. Luke 15:13
The Prodical Son quickly squandered all his inheritance. He found out quickly that living for himself and the pleasures of this world, were not so appealing anymore
“Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. Luke 15:14-15
The Prodical Son had it all at one time, now he is reduced to feeding pigs. Pigs in the Jewish culture were considered unclean and an abomination. This shows you at the level the Prodical Son has sunk to because of his sin
And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! ‘I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;Luke 15:16-18
The Prodical Son is dying spiritually and physically from his sins. His separation from the Father, has crushed his soul. But the Holy Spirit is leading him back to the Father!
I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”‘ Luke 15:19
The Prodical Son humbled himself in repentance to the Father asking for mercy. He no longer needs to be a King, he is willing to be a servant in his Fathers presence
“So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20
The Prodical Sons Father had every right to reject and condemn his Son. However the Father came running to the Son with open arms and embraced him.
We are not worthy to stand before our Heavenly Father , we to are all Prodicals who left the presence of God to pursue worldly interests. However when we come back to the Father, he will accept us in Jesus Name Amen!