A man’s rebellious son returned home. He’d squandered his father’s money on prostitutes, drugs and gambling. Hungry, homeless and friendless he headed for home, a rehearsed speech in his pocket about how sorry he was and how he only wanted to come back as a hired hand on the family ranch.
If anyone deserved a rebuke it was this foolish son. Great men have shunned sons for much less.
This father welcomed his son with a tearful embrace and a kiss . . . a kiss for one who had shamed him and wished him dead.
The father kissed his rebellious son . . . before he confessed his sins, before he went to counseling, before he went into rehab, before he proved himself worthy. He kissed him without first asking him to sign a waiver to any future inheritance. He didn’t get in his face and ask “what have you done with all my money?”
The father’s kiss humbled the son. He threw away his rehearsed speech and spoke from his heart, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”
Jesus told this story to show the quality of our heavenly Father’s love – unconditional, eternal, free and without bias. We are loved by One who doesn’t choose his friends by the size of their bank accounts, their pedigree, IQ, beauty, where they come from or what they’ve done.
When Jesus spoke the words from the cross “It is finished,” in that moment, the Father kissed the world with salvation. Every useless, undeserving, wicked child, which is every one of us, can come home to the Father because of this kiss.
For God so loved the world (individually) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Order One Good Word Makes all the Difference by Rose McCormick Brandon here.