Jesus came as a man and joyfully gave his life to reach all of mankind. In the parable which Jesus told about the prodigal son, He was showing the older son as being a type of Israel who had received the gospel first, and the younger son as a type of the gentiles – those over whom the Father was rejoicing with incredible love and grace because they were coming home. This parable also showed the tender love with which the Father was telling Israel that they had always been with Him, that He had loved them first and He was asking them to rejoice with Him because the rest of the world, which He also loved, was coming home. The parable shows however, that the older brother was not overly concerned about the condition of his younger brother, because he did not understand and fathom the love of the Father for himself. The older brother also did not understand the urgency in the Father’s heart for the redemption of his brother who was lost and dead in sin, bound for hell. We need the love of God constraining us to lead people away from hell unto Jesus by revealing God’s love unto them, unlike the older brother who did not understand the heart of the Father at all. The heart of God beats for the world and the lost and we need to be of the same heart. The elder brother’s responsibilities were (as is ours) firstly, to be a son who fully accepts the Father’s inheritance enabling him to help the one who is lost, secondly to reveal the Father to everyone around. The love and grace of God which has been transforming the Church for a number of years bringing acceptance of ourselves in God’s love, needs to be spread abroad through our loving actions of boldly witnessing to- and blessing the lost and see them saved. Let us live intentionally and purposefully, in sharing the love of Jesus with others.
This Message came on 27 January 2019.