“Is it not the very essence of the Christian hope,
that we shall be changed from much bad to all good?”
George MacDonald, 19th century
Scottish Preacher and Writer.
By taking upon himself the painful, humiliating consequences of our sin, God breaks our self-centered pride, plants the true humility of repentance in us, ans so brings about genuine reconciliation between us and him.
It is very easy for modern readers to this story as if it were being played out on a maple tree-lined street in some upper middle class suburb of a modern city. But when we do that, this powerful story of costly redemption is eviscerated of its truth and revelation. This story of a father and his two sons is the story of the gospel of costly grace. Right at the heart of the story is the cross of Christ. “Where?” you ask. First and foremost, the cross of Christ is displayed in the humiliating abandonment of decorum and dignity of this community patriarch who gathers up his skirts and races bare-legged down the center of town to spare his lost son the torment of village abuse. This grace-filled father takes upon himself the humiliation and thereby shields his son from the consequences of this sin.
What rich, overflowing grace and mercy! Such is our Father. Such is his costly grace and redemption for us.
Read: Luke 15:11-32.
Then, listen to “Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Looking for Home.”
© 2013 Gary A. Chorpenning; all rights reserved.
- Sermon #43 – Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Itching for Something Else – Luke 15:11-32 (gachorpenning.wordpress.com)
- Sermon #44 – Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Into the Place of Emptiness – Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 2 (gachorpenning.wordpress.com)
- Sermon #45 – Our Pilgrimage to Grace: In the Valley of Despair – Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 3 (gachorpenning.wordpress.com)