2 comments on “Jesus: The Prodigal Son

  1. I like the points of connection between Jesus’ prodigious ‘spending’ on us, leaving His Father, emptying Himself, and so on. Where I balk is at the point that the son in the story ‘comes to his senses’ and goes home to confess he sins against his father and heaven. And for me that’s too high a hurdle to leap; the disconnect is too great. I’m left with the connection of myself to a loving, forgiving Father. But I do like the challenge of walking through the similarities of Jesus to the son. There are more than I thought. But not enough for me to believe Jesus was connecting the story to Himself for His hearers.

  2. Matt,

    I understand your concern, which is why I didn’t equate the “coming to his senses” part with Christ. I learned many years ago that not every “jot and tittle” of a parable will have a corresponding point to Christ. And truthfully, I don’t think this was Jesus’ primary purpose of telling the parable, either. But as you said, there is the challenge of walking through the similarities of Jesus to the son. And challenging people to look beyond the surface of the stories they’ve been told for years without giving them any further thought is one of the reasons I write as I do.

    Thanks for giving me your opinion. It is always nice to receive thoughtful input.

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