His father might be willing to forgive, but by golly, he wouldn’t! Maybe we find ourselves to be none of these characters and wonder why it is we must hear this story again and again. If you focus on the son, you miss a more profound side of the story. (Luke 15:11-32) First, there is the son who was restless and driven to experience whatever sinful pleasures money could buy. Significantly, we are told, he stood outside his father’s house “and would not go in.” The symbolism of remaining outside the Father’s house is striking. When the father came out to beg the second son to reconsider (notice that the father has now rushed to recover both his sons), the boy complained that he was being treated unfairly. Helping Prodigals Come Home: Loving like the Father. The father seems to be symbolic of God the Father as we will see more clearly later in this parable. Are we the prodigal, the father, the citizens of the country, the brother, the slave, or perhaps the pigs? Good word, Matt! His standards were higher than his father’s. Finally, parents of prodigals should demonstrate joyful forgiveness when their child returns. Parents of prodigals should demonstrate joyful forgiveness when their child returns. If you pay attention to the details of this story and ponder it seriously, you will disagree with its traditional title being “the Prodigal Son” because this story is about “the Prodigal Father,” a father who is so extravagant with his love and grace. And later, instead of rejecting the son who rejected him, the prodigal father watches and waits for his eventual return. The father’s love is so recklessly generous that it allows for rebellion. Each one of us can relate in some way to the parable Jesus told about a prodigal son, his father, and his older brother. Mitch Marlowe. Comments. The elder brother was indignant that “this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes” was the object of his father’s affection and celebration. Look at verses 21-24: “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. This sin was unforgivable. The first characteristic of a loving father that I find here is that he had to be a man of faith. Question: Who is the father in this story? Who do we find ourselves to be the Parable of the Prodigal Son told in the Gospel of St. Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32? Patrick Ward December 3, 2012 at 5:53 PM. In my mind, this has to be evidence of a man with tremendous faith. His father comes bounding in from nowhere to sweep him into a crushing embrace that seems to last as long as his entire journey back from Out There. He wanted his share of the inheritance, and he wanted it immediately. Jesus was hoping that you would ask. He tries to share his painfully crafted words of brokenness and humility with his Dad, but his plea for the life of a hired hand is swiftly and completely dismissed. Ivan December 14, 2010 at 10:11 AM. The Prodigal's Father, Chris and Michelle Groff - Read more about Christian parenting and family. Thank you!! And when the son finally returns home, the father showers him with gifts and a banquet. The father is God…and He is a Prodigal God! You see, he didn’t argue with his son, he didn’t beg his son to stay, he simply allowed him to leave. III. I have heard that the story of the Prodigal Son was well known in Jesus' time, but the ending in the traditional Jewish story was that the lost son remained lost, … Recitation: Luke 15:11 Then Jesus said, “A man had two sons. I …