To illustrate God’s love for us, Jesus tells a story in the book of Luke about a Father and a son. This son asks for his inheritance early, essentially saying to the Father “I wish you were dead” and takes off with the money to live a wild life.
But the glory of this life wears off, the money eventually runs out, and he is left struggling to just make it through the day. When he is wishing to eat the food the pigs are eating, Jesus says he comes to his senses, and realizes his rightful place is back with his Father.
And as he is making the journey back, his mind is racing with all of the reactions his father will surely have:
He would never dream of actually being a son again, so he settles for asking to be servant to his Father.
But as he draws closer, he couldn’t have been more surprised with what he saw.
His Father was running towards him, arms open wide, with uncontainable joy that his SON was home.
He said: ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. (Luke 15:22-24)
This beautiful REUNION of family- the son welcomed back to his rightful place in his Father’s home- is the story of REUNION CHURCH.
We are a family of children who at one time or another have wandered from our Father’s home, but have found our place as his children again. And that is cause for celebration!
“Look and see, for everyone is coming home!
Your sons are coming from distant lands;
your little daughters will be carried home. (Isaiah 60:4)
Let the Party Begin!