Parable Of The Prodigal Son

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he parable of the “Prodigal Son” highlights a broken relationship between a son and a father that is eventually restored and therefore points to the relationship God desires with His children. The father had two sons, and the younger of the sons demanded his share of the property from his father and quickly escaped. In living a life focused on selfish desires and earthly wealth, the boy lost sustenance quickly after his resources were diminished. The son quickly realized that the father had given him all that he had needed and he had sinned against God and his family, so he ran back to his father with open arms. When the father saw his son was repentant, he opened his arms wide to accept him and celebrated his return. However, the older brother was narrow-minded to the point of resentment about his own brother’s return. Although the story mentioned above explains the content of the parable; the meaning of the parable is deeper in its image of our Heavenly Father’s love for us. “His ready, unconditioned, unstinted love and mercy are manifested not only toward the repentant sinner” but also toward the sinner who did not rejoice in another one’s gain (Fitzmyer, The Gospel According to Luke X-XXIV Volume 28A, 1085). Just as the prodigal son was lost from his earthly father, we are all lost from God despite His constant hope for our return. Every human being is represented by the prodigal son in the fact that before salvation we wallow in earthly delights and attempt to satisfy ourselves completely in these belongings. Believers are represented when the prodigal son recognizes his need for his father just as we are nothing without our Lord. Our God’s love and mercy is recognized so clearly when the father mentioned in the parable immediately opens his arms towards his son. When we come running to Christ with our sins laid before Him, he is quick to forget the evil of our past and even quicker to welcome us into a new, transformed life in Him. The brother represents people such as the Pharisees because he and they “could not comprehend the meaning of forgiveness” and the redemption we have in the Father and the Son (Garland and Longman III, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Volume 10, 252). Yet, “the father remains
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