The Museum of Art, in Dallas Texas, is home to a lithograph called “The Belated Return of the Son” by American artist Thomas Hart Benton. It is a haunting view of a prodigal who waited too long to return home. His house is a ramshackle shell, there is no father to welcome him, only the remnants of a ruined home. It is in stark contrast to Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son, who repented in time and came home, to be welcomed by the father, who celebrated his return and restored him to his place in his family. That parable describes the love of our Heavenly Father for all, regardless of how we have lived. Paul wrote of it with the words, “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son…to redeem…” He also explained what the Son did to redeem us, writing, “…God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Since we don’t know about tomorrow, we need to repent and return to the Heavenly Father.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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