While at a worship service tonight, the crowd was challenged to write a thank you note to Jesus. I have so much to be thankful for that I was not sure where to begin. I stopped and listened to see what came to mind. I felt urged to read Luke 15:22-24.
Here’s that passage from the New Living Translation of the Bible.
Luke 15:22-24 – “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
The above pasage is from a well known story about the prodigal son who returned home to find love and acceptance from his father. The son returned after squandering his family fortune by living a wicked life. This wicked son returned home in full repentance. He did not even wanted to be called the man’s son. Instead, he asked to be treated like a hired servant.
But the father would have none of that. He completely restored the wayward son. It didn’t take him long to do it either. The father is the hero of the story as he quickly restores his son.
The Holy Spirit reminded me tonight that God has treated me just like the father did his two sons in this story. I believe the robe represents the righteousness of God that covers our sin so that we are recognized not for our shabby clothes (sinful past) but as royalty, part of God’s family. The ring is a symbol of authority. As Christians, we have spiritual authority on this earth against evil powers and lying spirits. The sandals prepare us for whatever lies ahead in our journey. Sandals protect our feet. If you have ever done much hiking, you know that protecting the feet is key to climbing a big mountain. I believe the sandals represent God’s Word (the Bible) and his personal revelation to us.
The father throws a party and prepares a feast to celebrate this great homecoming. God does the same thing when one sinner repents. I love the last line of the passage, which reads, “So the party began.”
God invites us to a big party. People who think that being a Christian is boring or void of life miss the reality of freedom from sin and the peace of knowing God. Coming to Jesus, that’s when the real party begins.