11Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ 20So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.25“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ 28Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ 31Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’” (Luke 15:11-32, NRSV)
I love this chapter of Luke. It is the chapter of Lost things. Or things that run away. But the first two stories are about a sheep, which can run away, and a coin, which really can not on its own decide to run away.
So is this story above actually about the son?
Just like the first story about the sheep and the second about the coin.
No, the first story starts, “there was a shepherd who had 100 sheep…” and the second story starts, “there was a woman who had 10 coins…”
The first story is about the shepherd and the second story is about the woman, and the story above while it has the son who went away in it, is not about the son, but someone else. You see the story begins, “there was a man who had 2 sons…” The story is about the man.
The man who dishonors himself by allowing his youngest son to say he is dead to him and gives him his share of the estate. The money he would have gotten when his father was actually dead. And how the father dishonored himself even more by running to the younger son upon his return and giving him the ring of the household, one of the father’s own robes and sandals which said he was a member of the family and not a slave of the household. A story about a man who dishonors himself again by leaving the party when the older son was throwing a fit. This is the story of a man who would do anything for his children. This is the story of a Father who would give up His only Son so that all might be with Him.
This is a story of how much God loves you and will give to be with you.
God is running after you. Let God Love You.