FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17
“But his father said to the servants, ‘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.’”
Luke 15:22 (NLT)
EVERLASTING FATHER – HE IS GENEROUS
While at the grocery store picking up a turkey, little Billy of the Family Circus told his mother, “Thanksgiving should come AFTER Christmas, then we’d have more things to be thankful for.”
(Source: In Other Words)
The prodigal son in Luke 15 had so much to be thankful for. John MacArthur comments that “The father’s giving the robe and ring to his younger son would have shocked Christ’s hearers. They knew that the robe and the ring by rights should have gone to the older brother. He would have first worn the father’s formal robe at his own wedding—the single greatest event that could happen in a family. He should have received the ring as a symbol of his right as the firstborn to act on behalf of his father. But now, incredibly, his father had given them to his younger brother. Such lavish love and grace bestowed on a penitent, trusting sinner is incomprehensible to the legalistic mind. Legalism hates grace.”
Don’t miss the strategic contrast in Luke 15. The son has just stated in verse 15 that he was unworthy to even be called his son. But in contrast the father gives his son the best he has to offer. How has God given you His best? What has God promised you in the future that is His best?
Thank God for His generosity toward you. Thank God for not sparing His best for you.