Luke 15:20-22 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
What in the world happens in these verses? The son comes back. He is very sorry for what he has done wrong. He has his speech prepared. He wants to express his genuine repentance and apology.
As he is returning the Father is already waiting. The father does several wild things in the passage:
He saw him
He had compassion
He fell on his neck
He kissed him
the son apologizes
BUT THE FATHER SAID
They then bring forth all the things that are needed for the party.
Does that not tell you how our Father feels about us. He is there. He is waiting and watching. He seems to have not paid attention to the words the son said. He excitedly shows the son and all of us how great it is for us to come back.
I guess you could call this a grace sandwich.
The Father is watching and waiting, ready to receive. The rebellious son thinks that maybe the father will receive him on some lower condition. The Father jumps to, runs, hugs, gets excited, throws a party.
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