Why Prodigals Won’t Come Home

by Mark T. Hancock · 2 comments

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is perhaps one of the most well-known of Jesus’ parables.  Some translations call it “The Lost Son” or “The Two Sons”.

I’ve always thought that this beautiful story about redemption was more about the father.

Think about it.  A selfish son lives lavishly off of new-found riches.  Happens all the time.  Read a few stories on what happens to people who win the lottery.

An older son is jealous when he returns and isn’t punished.  No news there.  That’s human nature.

It’s the father’s action that makes this story so powerful.

The father is seeking the son.  Even after having been neglected he keeps a vigil, seeing his son “when he was still a great way off.”  That’s news.

Then he dresses his son in a robe and sandals and presents him with a ring.  Much can be said about the significance of these items without losing the main message.  No scolding.  No “I told you so.”  No “let’s watch him for a while to see what he does.”  He was glad to see his son.  His smelly, scandalous, back-stabbing son.

How do you look for the prodigal?  And what will you do when he returns?

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David W Taylor Jr September 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

One of my favs and I thought I knew it pretty good, but you have made it more legitimate and really honest. Like exactly how Jesus and christians should react and handle it, but we dont. There needs to be that unconditional exceptance and love with no questions asked or condemnation given. Thanks PM you have a gift and a unique way of finding the truth!!

Mark T. Hancock September 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Thanks, David.

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