The Parable of the Prodigal Son

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son

The Prodigal SonOnce, Jesus told a parable about a man who had two sons.  The younger son decided to leave his father’s home.  He asked for his inheritance and received it.

Then, the younger son went to a far away country and, in a short time, spent all of his father’s money.  Famine came to that country, and the young man suffered from hunger and need.  Then he remembered his father.  “I will rise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am not longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your servants.” (Luke 15:18-19)

The young man returned home.  When his father saw him at a distance, he ran towards him, and embraced and kissed him.  The father ordered his servants to bring the best clothes for his son and prepare a great feast to celebrate his return.  “… let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.”  And they began to make merry. (15:23-24)

The man’s older son was working in the field.  As he was coming home, he heard the merrymaking.  From the servants he found out that the celebration was for his younger brother who had returned.  The older son was upset because he thought his brother did not deserve such a welcome.  His father then told him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.  It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.” (15:31-32)

In this parable Jesus shows us how joyous our Heavenly Father is when a sinner repents and comes back to Him.