Read Luke 15:11-19
Luke 15:17-18 says, “And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee.”
How does one get set free from sin? A person who received Jesus Christ as their Savior should know the answer. The prodigal son already knew the way home, back to the Father. He did three key things:
Verse 17 He came to himself (senses)
Verse 18 I have sinned (acknowledgement)
Verse 20 He arose (Repented)
First he came to his senses. He recognized that he had put himself in this situation. He didn’t blame his so call friends who abandoned him, nor his upbringing, nor his father (God), or brother (or sister in the Lord). He blamed himself. The prodigal son didn’t fall into self-piety. He recognized his condition and acknowledged that he had sinned against heaven and his Father. The prodigal son then arose, and came toward his Father.
We can feel sorry for ours sins, and we can ask for forgiveness. However, true repentance is turning away from sin. The bible says we are to flee temptation.
Why didn’t his father rescue him? The same reason our Heavenly Father doesn’t rescue us. Jesus Christ already paid the price on Calvary for our sins. He already rescued us. It’s up to us to accept it, and walk in that finished work, and not grab a hold of what Christ has delivered us from.
God loves the sinners, but He hates sin. Sin separates us from God. God’s love is not an excuse to sin, but a reason not to.
The consequences of Sin did not bring the prodigal son to hopelessness, and despair, but it brought him to His knees, it brought him to conviction and repentance. Remembering his father’s goodness and mercy drove him home.
I am reminded of the story of the drowning man. The drowning man’s friend, who couldn’t swim either, stood helplessly on the shoreline. He watched his friend frantically splashing his arms in the water yelling, “help” and then disappear and reappear in the water. A lifeguard near by watched, but did nothing. The friend asked if the lifeguard was going to save his drowning friend. The lifeguard continue to watch as the man went under the water a second time and reappear. The drowning man unable to scream any more took one last breath and under the water a third and final time he went. The lifeguard then jumped into the water and swam to where the victim was last seen. He then dive under the water and quickly emerged with the motionless victim. Once on shore the victim began coughing. His friend now highly agitated, asked the lifeguard why he didn’t rescue him when he first started to drown? The lifeguard said, “If I had tried to save him while he was drowning he would have frantically grabbed a hold of me and pulled us both under. I had to wait until he had no fight left in him, before I could truly rescue him.”
Our Heavenly Father waits until there is no fight left in us, until we have exhausted every means of self-deliverance. Only then when we cry out to Him; He reaches down and save us from ourselves.
The very things the son was seeking for in that country or world, he had at home; Liberty, Joy, Acceptance, Love, Purpose, Fulfillment, Wealth…etc.
Verse 20 says that his Father saw him from a distance. His father (Heavenly Father) saw him too; he saw him when in the far country, spending his substance with harlots, and in riotous living; he saw him when among the swine and husks. He saw us when we were in sin and rebellion. He saw us and he loved us, but He could not deliver us until we repented and turned toward Him.
The Father saw his son when he came to himself, he saw him in his progress towards him, and looked upon him with an eye of love, pity, and compassion, and ran to his son. Would our Heavenly Father do any less for you? No. Just because you don’t see Him, it doesn’t mean He doesn’t see you. Just because you don’t feel His presence it doesn’t me He doesn’t feel your pain and sorrow. If you would come to your senses, arise and draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. He would run toward you and like the prodigal son, He would embrace you, and receive you with unconditional love…to be continued