Luke 15:25 ——- Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
The older son was obedient to his father, and on his father’s instructions was out in the field tending to the crop. On his return he finds the sound of music and dancing emanating from his father’s house and inquires with the servant the reason for this gaiety.
Luke 15:27 – 28 —– And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.
The father was extremely happy that his younger son returned home safe and sound.
But the elder son was angry and refused to enter the house. What was the reason for this anger?
In the face of such powerful resentment and recrimination from the elder son, the father attempts to explain to his elder son that they are always together and the son is owner of all that the father has. ‘But’, he protests, ‘we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found’
God’s joy is indescribable when sinners return to him!
Does this mean that God loves sinners more than the righteous, the obedient, and the God-fearing?
In this parable Jesus is showing us what lengths God is prepared to go to save individuals. God is always willing to go the extra mile to forgive and responds generously to the slightest hint of repentance.
I was the black sheep in my family. When I repented and made a conscious decision to make Jesus the Lord of my life, Our God who is a gracious Father not only forgave me but also gave me His righteousness.
When we enter our father’s house, repentant and sorry for our past, our Father in heaven cancels our past and builds a new relationship with us because He is Our Gracious Father.
In the above parable, the father was willing to cancel his son’s past and give him a great a future – if that were not true of our God I would not be here!
REPENTANCE IS A CHANGE OF MIND AND HEART. IT INCLUDES TURNING AWAY FROM SIN AND TURNING TO GOD FOR FORGIVENESS.