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Next : Devoured Devoured 1 - Page 5. He is the seeker who finds the sinner before the sinner can find Him. Father sought him, found him, loved him, lavished him.
This is just saving grace on display. Nothing for the sinner to do but confess his desperation, his unworthiness, and receive grace. But we learn that lavish love and grace holds back nothing. And to the Pharisees and the scribes and all legalists, this father is the archetypal idiot who continues to heap shame on himself by heaping forgiveness on this sinning son. That is a real eye-roller. The father gives him his dignity, his authority, and hands off his responsibility to the son, and offers him full sonship.
This strikes a blow against all religion that says you work your way to God. God is not reluctant in receiving the penitent sinner; He runs, and He embraces, and He keeps kissing the vile sinner. Full sonship. Verse a party, a celebration when the coin was found.
And now a really significant celebration when the son was found. The party — imagine — is in the honor of the shameful father and the shameful son. In the eyes of the Jewish leaders this is beyond outrageous. Legalists have no category for grace. The whole thing is far beyond just irritating, it is blistering their sensibilities. No such shameful characters should exist, nor can they imagine that any such characters do exist.
This is fiction. This is fantasy. But this is truth. This is God in Christ and the sinner being reconciled. Now let me identify him for you. He is the Pharisees and the scribes in the story. He shows up with the outrage. He has no relationship with the father. He also hates the father. The father sends him no message because he has no relationship with him.
He is dutiful. He stayed home. He is the religious one, he is the one who thinks himself to be moral, but he is estranged in heart. What do you think his response was? And after all, he was not willing to go in. There was nothing for the father to rejoice over. Salvation is offered to two types of sinners: the extreme reprobate and the extreme legalist, and everybody in-between. But the legalist is the hardest. And so I say to you, much easier to bring an open sinner to salvation than a religious legalist.
What makes God rejoice? When ten thousand sinners have been saved? No, when one sinner. This ending actually should have eight parts, but it stops with the seventh. What happened to the older son? What was his reaction? Let me write an ending, okay. The final ironic twist is that the father who should have beaten the wicked son is rather killed by the legalistic son in the greatest act of evil ever committed, thinking he was righteous.
And yet, God, that saving, gracious Father, uses that execution to provide salvation for all sinners. Father, we thank You for Your Word to us. Thank You for the greatness of Scripture, its compelling power, its truthfulness, its penetrating work in our lives. Thank You that we came together to worship You today. We are so filled with joy and thanksgiving, so grateful that You have found us. Worship is a celebration. Worship is a celebration of salvation, and we will celebrate the salvation that You have given to us as unworthy sinners.
Thank You for purchasing us at the cross. And we thank You, Father, for the glory of the resurrection, which guarantees our eternal resurrection as well. You have lavished us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ; we are rich beyond imagination, and we earned none of it.
We inherit everything that heaven has as joint heirs with Christ our true brother. We rejoice in that. Fill our hearts with joy in the salvation that is ours; and may we join the heavenly celebration. What a privilege. Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge.
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