The Return of the Prodigal Son, the Son lost
11 I said to him: A certain man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father: Father, give me the portion of goods that touches me. Divided them, therefore its assets. 13 A few days later, the younger son gathered all together and went into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land, and he began to be. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat; and no one gave him anything. 17 Falling, however, to himself he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread, and I perish here with hunger! 18 Getting up I shall go to my father and say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 it stood up then, and came to his father. While he was away, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, threw himself upon his neck and kissed him. 21 And he said to his son: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him, and put him a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet; 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; let us eat, and we will rejoice, 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; I was lost, and is found. And they began to rejoice. 25 Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came closer to the house, he heard music and dancing; 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 answered you this: Your brother has come; and your father has killed the fatted calf because he has him safe and sound. 28 But he was angry and refused to go. Then his father came out and entreated him. 29 But he answered his father, Lo, these many years I serve thee, neither transgressed a commandment yours; however never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends; 30 But when this thy son, who squandered your property with prostitutes, you killed for him the fatted calf. 31 said to him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that is mine is yours; 32 was fair though, rejoice and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; I was lost, and is found. – Luke 15:11 to 32
How many people today are living as the young man in the parable: completely deluded, lost and dead to the spiritual life. They are walking, talking, smiling, drinking, whoring, drugging, but with completely unhappy spirit, haggard and shackled by false joys of the world and incarcerated in prisons of their sins.
Many people live day by day just by living. They do not know in their lives the so-called abundant life that the Lord Jesus Christ had said. All this because of bad decisions that led to the illusion of ways, from pain and suffering. The same thing happened with the young rebel.
When we follow the development of this well-known parable we can see that after a few events, the young man was forgiven. The youth was received again in the arms of the Father and he had his life transformed and restored. At the end of the story we can observe and see that the boy was saved by God the Father.
The same thing can happen to anyone that the example of the young man, the consequences today are living to have been taken by the illusions of the world and ended up in the mud.
The young man lived there great torments, went hungry and had many needs. The young man took an attitude that made a difference in his life. The young man had courage. The young man had the strength. He got up from mud and remembered that he had a God. He remembered that he had heard that his God was the God of abundant life and not a God of a miserable and humiliating life like the one he was living there in that place. With this in mind he took an attitude that made all the difference in his life. He thought:
– I can choose to stay here in this mud with my pride or humiliate me and ask forgiveness for my Father.
As hard as it may have been he made the second alternative option because he knew that his God would forgive him, I knew that living next to God the Father, even leading a simpler life would be much better than living there played that terrible illusion and that life of humiliation and failure.
At that moment he decided to change his story:
17 Falling, however, to himself he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread, and I perish here with hunger!
18 Getting up I shall go to my father and say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;
19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 it stood up then, and came to his father. – Luke 15:17 20
The young man, inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, that mud, in that desperate situation and humiliation acknowledged the mistakes and sins he had committed and soon regretted it. Next was to humble himself before God the Father and ask His forgiveness.
The parable tells us that the young man had received a firm attitude to return to the Father, was freed from the devil's claws, was forgiven, restored and saved.
A certain attitude, a correct decision that leads man to his God of love changes everything.
Amen and Thank God.