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Thursday, August 2nd, '18

All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson

 

TIE A YELLOW RIBBON

"..the father saw him, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him" (Luke 15:20)

 

The prodigal son returned home from "hog heaven" defaced and disgraced. Like so many in the far country, he got what he wanted but afterward didn't want what he got. Begging husks, what he really wanted was hugs. Walking down the lane he practiced his script, "Father, I have sinned and no more worthy to be called your son". But "when he was yet a great way off" dad "saw him". He must have had the binoculars out, scanning the horizon for his son. Next he "had compassion". The father suffered more pain on the porch than the son felt in the pigpen. True love sees him and then suffers for him. Compassion sprung in his heart then the father sprang to his feet. The Bible says he "ran" toward the son. What a contrast between the two. The prodigal shuffled apprehensively, tentatively, toward home. But dad ran! Forget age, forget heart rhythm, this was a critical moment that called for emergency measures.

 

It was a made for primetime reunion. The father "fell on his neck", a single embrace worth more than all the wealth that had been squandered. In his deluded mind the boy thought, "Dad'll kill me". No, not kill...kiss! After the giant hug, he "kissed him", the kiss of forgiveness, fellowship, fatherhood, family, faith. Some expressions need no words. Intent was clear, "Son, I welcome you back just as if you had never left". Morgan translates in colloquial English, "he smothered him with kisses".

 

Remember, the Law outlined how to deal with a "stubborn and rebellious son", who is a "glutton, and a drunkard", the prodigal (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). The men of the city were to "throw" (literally) a rock concert in the boy's honor. Live a stoned life and you get stoned! But I like what Warren Wiersbe noted in his commentary, that had "the neighbors started to stone him, they would have hit the father who was embracing him!" Bad son (wasted his substance on riotous living), who became a mad son (in sin and insane), then a sad son (rooting in the mud like his pig friends), became the glad son as the trees along the road to home were lined with yellow ribbons.

 

Gospel-work always follows that course, from badness to gladness. It takes a man from trash to treasure, from garbage to grace, from the pigpen to the palace. Some other genius quipped...from the mire to the choir! The parable of the prodigal son has no equal. It is romance, documentary, axiom, tragedy and comedy, it sobers up and is a tearjerker, all rolled up in one. It is grace start to finish. Notice, that everything the lad hoped to find in the far country was there waiting at home when he returned, for the father gave him a robe, a ring, a roast and a new set of Reeboks. "Bring forth the best robe". Which robe? The "best" robe. You know that one, "the" robe. Just as Adam and Eve were cloaked with skins for sins, here grace clothes one ragged and disgraced. The ring symbolizes the "earnest of the Spirit" (Ephesians 1:14). It contained the father's signet, or stamp, literally it was the American Express card of that day. To give the son his ring was to entrust him once again with the family's wealth. And what about the new shoes? Remember, the Law commanded Moses, "Remove thy shoes from off thy feet", but grace commands, "Put shoes on his feet!" A new walk is given. That represents our standing in Christ, for in Bible days servants went barefoot. To restore shoes on his blistered feet means that he accepted him back as a son, not a servant. Thank God we are his sons and daughters. Sons, not swine! So start acting like one again. The past is past.


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