Familiar stories have a way of sneaking up on us. Sometimes we see – or are shown – things in a new way that speaks to us in the way we need. This morning
that happened to me in a very familiar text.
In the story of the Prodigal Son we see an incredible picture of God’s grace and mercy. When, by all rights and custom, the returning son should have been given status as servant, he received a loving father’s welcome.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 ESV http://bible.com/59/luk.15.20.esv
God is like that, He runs to us! The Son of God stood from His rightful place at the throne of grace, stepped down into that which He had brought into being, put on the flesh of humanity and became like us. For us.
Thankfully, God didn’t just look at our pitiful state and say, ‘Well, that’s just the way they are.’ He entered our sphere and changed reality for us, that we may enter His reality, the reality, being present with Him, to His glory, because He did all the work to reconcile us to Himself and hanging on the cross with His arms open wide, proclaimed “It is finished.”
So, if you’re a long way off, you may come to Him and find welcome.