This statement is a very familiar one as it is from a known parable told by Jesus. …“I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee” (Lk 15:18). The parable of the prodigal son, which Jesus told us is an account of the tender mercies of our heavenly father. In the light of this amazing and uncommon heavenly reality, this parable reminds us of the love of a father towards his children. This parable tells us that no matter what our sins are, the heavenly father is still waiting in anticipation for our coming back. When are we going to rise? When are we going to get tired of our current condition? When are we going to get tired of sin? The prodigal son realized that his father has got everything he needs. Why then does he have to suffer unnecessarily? Are you still suffering because you have not known the father you have? Until you realize and say to yourself, like the prodigal son “ I will arise and go to my father”. Your inheritance in your father’s house may be waiting for you while you wander about lustfully.
It is when we remember that we are not where we ought to be, that the consciousness of going back comes to us. The worst thing that can happen to any Christian is being a half-baked Christian. A full-fledged devil is better than a half-baked Christian.
In this parable, we are presented with three things we should know about sin.
The first: Distance. Sin distances us from God like the prodigal son from his father, when we forget that our goods, talents and belongings are gifts from God, we thoughtlessly squander them. When we sin, we distance ourselves from God and thereby wander in an unknown land… And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. Like the second son, where has sin taken you? You have to get tired of where sin has left you … If you are, then this brings us to the second thing.
The second: Conversion. This is the stage of conversion… And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! It was because he got tired of his condition that made him have a rethink. It is time to rethink. Have you ever been in a very good relationship with Christ before? Have you been a born again before? Can you compare your present situation now to the joy and happiness you had when you got born again before? What are you waiting for?
The third: The return. I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee. The important thing for the father is that his son has been found. The embrace between him and the prodigal son becomes a celebration of forgiveness and joy. This parable tells in full detail the attitude of our heavenly father who is rich in mercy (Eph 2:4)
The embrace of reconciliation between the father and all human race took place at Calvary. May the cross, which is the sign of love of CHRIST who sacrificed Himself for the salvation of mankind instill in the heart of every man and woman of our time that same trust which prompted the prodigal son to say, “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee”. He received the gift of forgiveness and joy. Is 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. In Is 1:18, Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. God is ready to accept as many that turn away from their evil. He is not interested on the multitude of your sin because he is not delighted in the death of a sinner. 2Chro 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Deut 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: Brethren, the choice is ours, the prodigal son discovered the prosperity of his father and returned and asked for forgiveness.