Redemptive love is one of the most essential character traits of God. He is Judge of heaven and earth, he is Creator of all that exists, and he has the power to destroy mankind in the blink of an eye; yet, he chooses to redeem the wicked and save rebellious sinners. The Prodigal Son story illustrates the unmerited favor and mercy of God like no other. The Bible teaches us about his mysterious love, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this way: while we were still wicked sinners, Jesus Christ died for all mankind” (Romans 5:8).
We learn that God’s plan from the beginning was to adopt sinners into his holy family through Jesus Christ, and he was pleased to reveal his glory to all creation by rescuing human slaves out of Satan’s hell market and deliver them into seats of royalty in his heavenly throne room (Ephesians 1:5). The Bible tells us that our souls are seated with Jesus Christ in heaven, even as we are sojourners in this short breath of life here on earth (Ephesians 2:6).
This story illustrates how shameful and wicked our actions are as God’s created children that bear his image. We are like the shameful son who chose his own path of independence from his father, and instead of justly punishing us in hell forever for our rebellion, God punished his son Jesus Christ, our Messiah Savior, on the cross. Jesus’ blood sacrifice and death at Calvary perfectly atoned for the penalty of our sins against God, and a new and living way is open to every person who repents of their sins, receives Jesus’ sacrifice for them, and makes a decision to follow Jesus and obey his commands (Hebrews 10:19-25).
Let us run to the nations and share this humbling story of God’s magnificent love with people in our path who have yet to receive this gift of amazing grace and eternal freedom!
Prodigal Son story sketches:
Sketch #1: Son & pig – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates the downfall of the shameful son from wealthy estate heir to pig farm servant.
Sketch #2: Stick & travel bag – This sketch illustrates the first part of the story where the shameful son asks for his inheritance early and travels to a foreign land alone.
Sketch #3: Pig – This sketch illustrates the second part of the story where the shameful son became the starving servant of a pig farmer.
Sketch #4: Table & meal – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where the father restores honor to the shameful son and explains his actions to the angry brother.
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