The prodigal’s return is a picture of repentance and humility, turning from and confessing one’s sin and seeking the father’s forgiveness.
The father’s response is a picture of grace, forgiving the penitent sinner, rejoicing at his return, and restoring him to full sonship.
The older brother’s offense is a picture of religious pride, valuing service over relationship.
Heaven rejoices when a lost soul is found.
God’s grace is unmerited. No one deserves it, no one earns it.
We should rejoice when a sinner turns to Christ.
We should be diligent in sharing the gospel with every lost person we know.
Pray for opportunities to share your faith this week.
*next up: Why does it matter what you say to a lost person? Galatians 1