A Great Homecoming – Castlegar News


Over the past year, I have had the privilege of writing articles reflecting the pillar truths of the Christian faith – such as creation, alienation, redemption, restoration – which pillars are also known as the main movements of God’s history. Now I would like to consider how we might respond to these truths, if we so choose.

Many years ago, while working on my master’s thesis, I found myself too busy with a young family, a full-time job, and seminary classes. My restlessness took its toll.

Late at night – after the kids were in bed and the cleaning was done – I eagerly prepared to dive into my studies until the wee hours of the morning. The last piece to get ready for the night was to get a cup of freshly brewed coffee with two creamers. I returned to my chair and sat down for a long-awaited sip. To my surprise, the coffee was horrible! I looked and my coffee was reddish and clotted cream. I returned to the kitchen, wondering what was wrong. As I looked at the counter with the coffee machine, I realized there were two identical jugs next to it. One was pure, filtered water, and the other was cranberry juice that someone forgot to put back in the fridge. I had used the cranberry juice in the coffee machine without realizing it! Let me save you the trouble, only water works.

The great gospel narrative of God is like water. No other story will give meaning to our lives in this universe, promise to solve all our problems, or grant us complete fulfillment. More importantly, it is the story that gives meaning to Jesus Christ and his call to follow him exclusively (Luke 9:23-25, Acts 4:12).

How could we respond to Jesus? We could do it according to his classic parable, the prodigal son, in Luke 15:11-24. It tells the story of a young son who asked for his inheritance prematurely, which is like saying, “Father, I wish you were dead. Surprisingly, the father granted his son’s request. And, without thinking of looking back, the son packed his bags and left for another country where he could live as he pleased.

Finally, fallen into abject poverty, the young man came to his senses, repented with all his heart and returned to his father in the hope that his father would make him look like one of his mercenaries who had abundance .

The prodigal did not know that his father had been searching the horizon for a long time for his son to come home. As he approached his father’s house, to his surprise, his father saw him and ran towards him. Before he could finish his confession, his father picked him up and kissed him, dressed him like a family member, and threw a big party!

Your Heavenly Father is waiting for you (Luke 15:20, 2 Peter 3:9). So if you’re ready for a better story, it’s time to get up and go home! Simply pray and ask Jesus to save you (Romans 10:9-13).

Robin Martens is the pastor of Kinnaird Park Community Church.

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