Jesus told many illustrative stories (parables) that did not make sense and had outcomes that were usually very opposite to what we would expect, or even want.
Here's just one of those stories. Jesus is telling the gathered crowd, 'Imagine a son is reading his dad's last will and testament,' He begins. 'Only the dad isn't dead yet!' The crowd erupts with laughter. They enjoy a good laugh. And this story sounds very intriguing. Jesus tells the tale with all its absurdity. The son makes a moonlight dash with his portion of the inheritance. He spends it like a glutton, and finds himself down-and-out, chomping on pig swill. The crowd is really enjoying this comical comeuppance - the prodigal reduced to scoffing an unclean animal's slops! Quite right too! They think they know exactly where this tale is going.
But then comes the punch line. Only it's not funny. It's peculiar. It's surreal. The father throws a party and spends extravagant amounts of money on the son's return. He brings him back into the family as a full son. Say that last bit again, Jesus!
The crowd can't believe this ending. Why does the father not only forgive his son but also give him everything back he lost? Because that is the way God treats His children.
So what now? You know what the great thing is! God is still in the business of restoring. So, if you feel particularly bad about something you've done or you've walked away from your loving Father, come home, and be restored!
Soulfood : Ezek 14:1-16:52, Mk 12:13-27, Ps 129, Prov 14:25-28