Sunday, October 22, 2017

PARABLES - The Son Who Ran Away (The Prodigal Son)

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo SundayPARABLEson1_zpsyebhbevk.jpg



PARABLES - The Son Who Ran Away (The Prodigal Son)


by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo SundayPARABLE_zpskg749l78.jpg


This is an amazing illustration and so true in our modern society.

Have you ever seen a pig in real life? - I'll admit that piglets are very cute but have you ever seen them eat?  And have you ever seen the slop that they eat? Words can't describe what a mess they create, plus the sounds that they make while eating - YUK!  Just imagine being so low in life that you desire the food that pigs eat - that is the lowest of low.  The youngest son in this parable found himself in that exact situation.  

How many times in our society  have you heard of a wealthy celebrity squandering all of their money only to become destitute? - I can't even count how many times I've heard of that happening (OK - not literally living with the pigs but still similar to this parable).  

I believe that this parable symbolizes our spiritual life and that we all must come to this lowly point in our soul before we realize that Jesus is the answer and the only way!  Not only must we realize this but we must go to our Heavenly Father and confess our sins - just as the youngest son did in this parable.  Notice in this parable: the son first said to himself "I will say to my father I have sinned against heaven and against you."  Then he had to act and go to his father and then when he saw his father in person - he again repeated to him directly "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you."  First came the decision then came the action
It's the same in our personal life - we must first make the decision to follow Jesus and then pray and ask our Heavenly Father to forgive our sins. 

I also find if very interesting that the father in this parable was looking for his son - "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" (I think that is my favorite line in this scripture).  The father had never given up hope that his son would return home.  He was always searching for him and saw him long before the son reached his father's house.

Coming to the Truth can be very difficult but in the end the "Truth will set you free."  Our Heavenly Father has prepared a heavenly celebration for us - all we have to do is go to God in prayer and ask for forgiveness.There is a Celestial Celebration when just one person accepts God's gift of forgiveness
(read "It Only Takes One" )
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