Wednesday, March 19, 2014 4:04 AM

Repentance and Rejoicing

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 4:04 AM
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 4:04 AM

Repentance—he came to himself (Luke15.17–19). To “repent” means “to change one’s mind,” and that is exactly what the young man did as he cared for the pigs. (What a job for a Jewish boy!) He “came to himself,” which suggests that up to this point he had not really “been himself.” There is “insanity” in sin that seems to paralyze the image of God within us and liberate the “animal” inside.

Rejoicing—he came to the father((Luke15.20–24). Here Jesus answered the accusations of the scribes and Pharisees (Luke 15:2), for the father not only ran to welcome his son, but he honored the boy’s homecoming by preparing a great feast and inviting the village to attend. The father never did permit the younger son to finish his confession; he interrupted him, forgave him, and ordered the celebration to begin!

In the East, old men do not run; yet the father ran to meet his son. Why? One obvious reason was his love for him and his desire to show that love. But there is something else involved. This wayward son had brought disgrace to his family and village and, according to Deuteronomy 21:18–21, he should have been stoned to death. If the neighbors had started to stone him, they would have hit the father who was embracing him! What a picture of what Jesus did for us on the cross![1]



[1] Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Lk 15:11). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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