But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him; this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.
His father received him with no mention of what the son had done. His reception was an expression of the unqualified love the father had. Without mentioning the details, the son was totally forgiven and celebrated.
He was lost and now is found. We were lost, too. We where lost living an empty life. Sure we may have been successful in the world system but empty at the same time. We were always searching for something to fill a void without knowing what that void was.
New cars, faraway vacations, exciting movies, nightlife... nothing would bring us happiness and peace except for a short time.
We looked back over our life and regretted some of our past and planned daily for tomorrow even at the expense of living abundantly today.
Then someone introduced us to Jesus. We had heard about Him but did not know we could actually get to know Him.
It was like that prodigal son. We had drifted far from our Father God who knew us before we were born. He even knows the number of hairs on our head.
As we reached out and believed about Jesus, He wrapped His arms around us and sent the Holy Spirit to live in us. We were saved. We were born again
Thank you, Father, for sending Jesus to show us the way. To bring His light into our darkness. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name, we pray.