21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. ’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.Notice it does not say “AND the father said to his servants…” It says “BUT”.Have you ever wondered why? I have read this passage countless times thinking it was the confession of the son that brought the forgiveness of the father. Hence the word ‘and’ should used.But the word ‘but’ is used. Here is what happened. The son was trying to be hired as a servant by his confession. The father was NOT interested at all. ‘BUT he said to his servants.’
I want us to see this. In the presence of his servants he declared the son is a favoured son!
So while the son wanted to be a servant by his confession in front of the father’s servants, the father declared in front of his servants he was a son.
Did you also realize that the father did not answer him when he spoke to his father from the mindset of a servant?
The father spoke to the servants. The father reassured the son that he is still a son in front of his servants. The line is clearly drawn. Even if the son does not see himself a son. the line is drawn for the rest of the servants to see. Truth is always truth whether you believe it or not. After the 3 fold assurance that he was the son, the father spoke OF him and not TO him. He declared that his son was dead and not alive.
Dear friends when I read this statement tears rolled down my eyes. What the father was declaring is this: my son is resurrected.
Our Father will put a stop to our groveling for acceptance. He does not accept our surrender on our terms. The father in that story accepted the son base on his compassion.
20 So he got up and went to his father.
“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.
He then brought 3 things to ensure the son he is still his son. He then offered a calf and killed it in front of his son.
Why did he do that?
It is not to satisfy his anger because there was none. He did it to remove judgement from other people. To show them his son had died and he is born again. He did this in front of his son so that his son could see his own death through the death of the calf and his own resurrection through the declaration of his father. He did this so that the son realized he is a new creation.
The old has gone and the new has come.
Remember this. Salvation restoration and forgiveness: they are all the work of the Father.
If you are that son and you are far away and you think God only accepts you on the merit of your repentance, I have news for you. Remember God doesn’t accept your terms of surrender. He surrendered his son for you. Unless you see the man on the Cross as yourself you are still wallowing in pig covering. The truth is this. When Jesus died for you he also died as you. The Father loved you even while you are a sinner. Now see yourself dead on the cross and accept his terms of surrender for reconciliation.
22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
It’s important to note that our Father sees us differently from how we see our Father. He loves you. Check this out: