“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” (Luke 15:11-32).
Fathers’ Day through the years has been a great time to sermonize Jesus’ parable of “The Prodigal Son” found in Luke 15:11-32. To keep it simple I am going to share with you five important actions of the son and of greater importance the five actions the father.
Son’s Actions versus Father’s Actions
1. The Son asked for what was rightfully his the Father gave him that which was rightfully his to give to his child. 2. The Son left home of his own free will, the Father allowed him to leave with his blessings. 3. The Son squandered his blessing in bad company, the Father recognized him from a great distance. 4. The Son came to his senses after realizing his error, the Father ran and embraced him with a fatherly kiss. 5. The Son asked for forgiveness, the Father granted him forgiveness and full-restoration.
Does this sound like a father you know? It sounds like the Heavenly Father I know! He knows His own—He knows us going and coming—he recognizes us because we are made in His image. Every father can see himself in his children. Our Father said, “I will never forsake you, repent of your sins and return to me.” It is a father’s prerogative to be loving and forgiving or not to his children.
The good news on this Fathers’ Day is our Father does not have to run and meet us and embrace us. He is here with us He has never left us we leave Him. “To whom has the Lord extended His arm?” He has extended it to all will allow Him to embrace them. The Prophet Isaiah tells us “The Lord (Our Father) waits to be gracious to you; therefore He exalts himself to show mercy to you.” Why continue to suffer?
Have you made the decision to accept Jesus Our Christ as your Lord and Savior? By so doing you become equal members in the household of God. The Apostle Paul teaches, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:14-17). Today is Fathers’ Day and good day to let God embrace you, kiss you and love you in a way that no other father can.
Fathers bless your children. Children, “Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:2:12). This is the only commandment of the Ten Commandments with a promise. Have a Happy Father’s Day.
Grady Norman Greene Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ