The story of the lost son/the prodigal son, which Jesus told in Luke 15:11-32, painted a picture of repentance and forgiveness. I learned the story in Sunday school class at a young age. And during that time and now, one must have read and heard the story read a million times.
Recently, I read a blog post on the popular website patheos.com titled: Lost Truths: What the Prodigal Son Mean. The author claimed the parable was misnamed, and it’s neither about forgiveness nor repentance. He also stated that the parable is an antisemitic allegory gone wild. I have never heard such nonsense and misinterpretation of the gospel. You may read the full post below: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/messyinspirations/2019/09/lost-meaning-prodigal-son-revealed/
Apostle Peter, under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, reminds us that we are sojourners and pilgrims in this world. In other words, all of us need a tour guide to help us navigate this wretched place.
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.
1 Peter 2:11 KJV Bible Gateway
Our shepherd, (Jesus), knows that we cannot survive this place. So, He came to guide us out. His mission is to restore our soul. And He was the only person The Father found worthy for the job. He has the right vision, and he knows the right direction.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Sometimes I get goose pimples when I look back at where I was before I met Christ and compare it to where I am now. My life has changed so much that I often wondered why I waited so long to follow the savior. Even so, It has been a long journey with lots of ups and downs, but I would not trade it for anything else.
As I get deeper into my journey, I have learned that God’s favor toward men comes in parcels. Sometimes they are big; other times they are so small one can hardly recognize them. And that is where a lot of Christians lose faith and stumble. We fail to thank God for small mercies because we set our sights on the big shiny things. And when those things do not materialize, we blame God.
I did not choose to follow Christ because I expect him to rain mana down on me. I followed Him because He was the only one that was willing to give me a second chance. He opened His arms and said: “come.” And I yield His call. I am glad I did because I did not know I was a dead man walking until I met Him.
When it was time for the solders to place Jesus on the cross, He never flinches. He could have used His supreme power to free Himself, but He didn’t. And though He had the option to call ten thousand angels to set Him free, He chose the nails. Friends, there is no limit to God’s love. What He did on Calvary was not for a particular group of people. It was for me, you and the entire world. He made sure no one was excluded.
13 Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.