“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” (Luke 15:22)
As children of God we become lost when we rebel, make decisions on our own, and turn our backs on our Father. When we realize we are lost and come running back to His open arms we are the prodigal.
Luke 15:22 explains exactly what happens to us when we come running back to Jesus.
- He wraps us up in the “best robe“. Isaiah 61:10 tells us what the best robe is: garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness. “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10)
- He puts a ring on our finger. The ring is a gift that symbolizes our belonging, our place in the flock. It signifies commitment to Him.It is a symbol of faith and of salvation. It is a thing of beauty, just like our relationship with Jesus. Genesis 41 reads “So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.“
- He takes care of our every need, including protecting our feet. In the days that Jesus was telling this parable sandals were worn by owners, and not by slaves. In the parable the significance of the sandals is to show that the prodigal returned home with the same privilege and comfort as a son, and not as a slave. Philippians 4:19 says “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” He supplies all of our needs right down to the soles of our feet. Romans 10:15 says “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” What better news is there than to tell others about Jesus?
You’re home. You’re safe. Take your place in the flock. Feel yourself be wrapped in the robe of salvation and righteousness. Proudly wear the ring that symbolizes your commitment. Let Him provide for your every need. Welcome home, prodigal.
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