Luke 15:20 KJV
And he arose, and came to his father.
But when he was yet a great way off,
his father saw him, and had compassion,
and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
So he went off to return to his father.
But he was still a long way from the house when his father saw him. He felt very sorry for his son and he ran towards him. Then he put his arms round his son and he kissed him.
Do you know what such a beautiful feature is in this parable?
The father saw the prodigal son first!
“When he was still a long way from the house, his father already saw him”
Yes, the Lord sees the first tear, hears the first call from deep in your heart. He sees us when we are still far away.
Ezekiel 16:6 NASB
“When I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood,
I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’
Yes, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’
The father saw his boy coming from afar.
Compassion drives him out to meet his child.
And then they meet. There along that deserted road the father touches his child, as dirty and miserable as he is, he falls around his neck and kisses him.
With these words Jesus shows us the love of God to sinners who have spent everything and repented.
What the father is for this boy, will God be for repentant sinners.
The parable shows us the heart of God.
Yes, it shows us God’s pleasure in Christ.
We are told here of the great love of the Christ.
In Luke 15:2 we read
Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying,
“This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
Be comforted by this parable. He sees you, poor man, poor sinner, from afar. He walks up, not to break your heart, but to welcome you in love.
Come to Him, your sins are about to be forgiven.
He waits for you to come, and to be gracious to you.
Thanks be to God for “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” !