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20 “While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22 But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate.”
The art of story telling is one I hold very close to my heart. Which is why I love movies so much. The fact that you can convey a message through fictional characters that can make people contemplate life’s deepest questions, absolutely astonishes me.
If I go to the movies and leave the theater and no thoughts have been provoked, I actually get frustrated and feel I’ve wasted my time.
And Jesus was never one to waste time. His messages were always thought provoking.
The story of the prodigal son has become one of my favorite parables in the Bible. Recently, the imagery from this story has been popping up all around me. I find it so interesting how God speaks to us. How he places things on our hearts and minds and then sometimes confirms it with the things going on around us. We serve an amazing God.
When Jesus told stories it was never a surface thing. There was always more to what he said, a deeper meaning. The same rings true for this one. So many times we just read through the Bible and think, “What a great story.” But we miss some of the deepest thoughts that hold the heaviest meaning.
Take this story for instance. Why a ring? Why a robe? We can read this and take it for what it is and say, “He just cares so much for his son.” Which is true. But if we look at what a ring and a robe mean, then we can more fully appreciate what God has done for each one of us.
A ring. Not only do we view a ring as a sign of covenant but rings use to be a place to hold the family crest. So by the father giving his lost son a ring, he was welcoming him back to the family. Saying, “You are my son.”
A robe. Just like we see with Joseph, “The favorite son” of Jesse, receive a robe from his father to mark him favored. The prodigal son is marked with “the best robe.” Placing him in high standing for all to see.
Since the father did this and so much more for the son, it was like he never left. I might even say it was better than before he left.
So men, let’s never forget our own stories. Thanking God that we were all, at one point, a prodigal son that He ran towards. Placing a ring on our hand, calling us His. Placing a robe on our shoulders calling us favored. And celebrating as we returned home to His glories Kingdom.