When the Father comes out to meet you

One reason people respond so strongly to the parables of Christ Jesus is that they always are framed in terms of believable human circumstances. As Bible scholars have pointed out, this in itself helps communicate the powerful "good news" of the gospel Jesus brought: that the kingdom of God is literally present, so through obedience and love one can come into the realization of His presence right here, right now.

This could hardly be more feelingly conveyed than in that climactic point in the parable of the prodigal son See Luke 15:11–32 . when the son, after his long sojourn in "a far country" and after he at last "came to himself," made his way toward his father's house. "But when he was yet a great way off," Jesus tells us, "his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him."

At home—always
December 16, 1985

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