“There was a man who had two sons. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had and set off for a distant country…” –Luke 15:11
My brothers and sisters in Christ, peace and blessings to each and everyone. Today I want to share two true stories that capture the importance of this wonderful parable told to us by Jesus. The first story is that of a young boy who was lost, this boy was sitting on a doorstep sobbing with tears running down his cheeks. A policeman near by heard the boy crying and went over to the boy and asked him why he was crying. The boy said, “I’m lost, please take me home?” The policeman began naming street after street trying to help the boy remember where he lived. The policeman also named shops and hotels in the area with no success. Then the policeman remembered there was a church in the center of town with a large white cross towering over the small town. The policeman pointed to the cross and asked the boy, “Do you live anywhere near that?”
The boy smiled.
“Oh yes, Sir, take me there to the cross and I can find my way home!”
The main message of The Prodigal Son is that , it doesn’t matter how far we stray away from our Heavenly Father, He is always delighted when we turn back to Him. He is always waiting for us with open arms.
The Greek philosopher Aeschylus said, “There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.” Some of you may ask, what am I saying and how does it relate to these two stories? Well, this second story is painful, as I am a father and I have a son. This story is a story that should be told to every young man who has walked away from his father and given up on him.
There was a man, a good father who loved his son dearly; this man was proud of his son for never getting into trouble and one day the father took his son to the car dealership to buy him his first car. This purchase was to be a high school graduation gift. They drove out to the car dealership early Saturday morning and once on the lot the boy began walking toward the used car section of the lot. The father laughed and asked his son where he was going. The son thought his father was going to buy him a used car. The father said,
“I told you I was going to buy you a car. That means a new car.”
The boy was excited and asked, “Any kind of car I want?”
The father told his son to pick out any car he wanted and the boy picked out a red Mustang convertible. The boy drove the car off the lot to do a test drive alone while his father went into the dealership to do all the paper work for the purchase. A week later, the morning of the son’s graduation the son was excited because he expected that his new car would be in the driveway, it was not. The boy’s father walked out of his bedroom with a wrapped package in his hand. He handed the package to his son and told him this was his graduation present. The son unwrapped the gift paper to find a beautifully made Bible the son was angry that he did not get his car and in disgust he threw the Bible on the floor. And walked out of his father’s house never to return. Some years passed by and the boy continued to hold a severe grudge against his father, for he never called his father, never came to see his father, even though he still had the keys to his father’s house.
I said, he still had the keys to his father’s house. One day his mother called him on the phone and informed him his father had just died from a heart attack. Out of respect for his mother the son agreed to attend his father’s funeral. He had to come back home. He used his key and unlocked the door to his father’s home and when he walked inside his father’s house the fist thing he saw sitting on the table was the Bible his father had tried to give him. Something moved him to pick up the Bible and when he opened up the Bible for the first time, he saw a check, it was a check for the entire cost for the red Mustang he wanted. His father thought enough of him to give him options, let’s say, he may have wanted to purchase another car or something else. The father had given his son the best of all gifts in giving him the Bible.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of God will stand forever.” -Isaiah 40:8 The father never lied to his son, and the father’s love could not be weighed by the son. The love God has for each of us cannot be weighed. Have you opened up this book? The Bible? You should… for it is our Heavenly Father’s God’s gift to each and everyone of us.