Read: Luke 15:11-32
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (v. 20)
God is the source of life. In many ways, our relationship with God is our primary relationship, like that between a mother and infant. Like Cain, we feel that a broken relationship with self, land, or others must mean a broken relationship with God and therefore exile from God’s presence. The parable of the prodigal son tells another story.
The father in the parable saw his son from a long way off. (Was he watching for him?) When his wayward son was still quite a distance away, the father ran to him. Our God, like the compassionate father, eagerly waits for us to return home, and meets us with an embrace even as we travel back.
Where do we come up with the idea that our God stands in judgment over us? That is, in fact, the point of Jesus’ death and resurrection: because Jesus became a part of the creation and defeated death and the effects of sin in our world, the broken relationships we experience can be redeemed, beginning with our relationship with God. Because of Jesus, our relationship with God is restored. As Paul writes in Romans, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).
Our God has the compassion of a doting mother or father. We are welcomed into God’s presence with celebration. —Amy Curran
As you pray, celebrate the fact that you are restored to right relationship with God.