Redemptive love is one of the most essential character traits of Yahweh. He is Judge of heaven and earth, he is Creator of all that exists, and he has the power to instantly destroy mankind; yet, he chooses to rescue and restore rebellious sinners. The Lost Son Forgiven story illustrates both the unmerited favor and unfathomable mercy of God. The Bible teaches us about his mysterious love in Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this way: while we were still wicked sinners, Jesus Christ died for all mankind.”
We learn that God’s plan from time’s beginning was to adopt sinners into his 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 dragon holding the bag of gold behind the chained up city represents how Satan effectively tempted the lost son into wickedness and then took everything from him. The lost son is on the road home with chains still tying him through the seas to his shameful lifestyle representing his guilt and spiritual bondage.
The father with the Holy Spirit upon him is running to his lost son to embrace, forgive, and restore him representing Yahweh’s heart for mercy and reconciliation. The angry brother is by the house with a storm cloud over him representing his anger and unforgiveness towards his rebellious brother. The servant kills the fattened calf with the blood river flowing towards the repentant son foreshadowing Jesus’ atoning sacrifice on the cross for mankind’s redemption. Jesus and an angel are on a hill pointing towards a fruit-bearing tree representing all the diverse gifts of the Holy Spirit being demonstrated in this story (Galatians 5:22-23). Father Yahweh is in heaven on his throne gesturing to both life seasons of the lost son as a sign that each person is responsible to choose self and death or Jesus and life.
Lost Son Forgiven story sketches:
Sketch #1: Son & pig – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates the downfall of the lost 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 lost 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 lost son becomes the starving servant of a pig farmer.
Sketch #4: Table & meal – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where the father forgives his lost son and explains his decision to the angry brother.
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