In the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) Jesus paints a compelling picture of the character of God. A simple story can sometimes communicate more effectively than a detailed theological analysis. There’s so much here – the folly of sin, the father’s love, repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation. I think that if I had to choose, this would be my favourite parable. Perhaps my favourite story of all time.
It illustrates well the meaning of repentance. The Greek word is metanoia which means to change your mind. Turning round and heading back home to God. We have become accustomed to thinking of repentance and forgiveness as instantaneous things. But that is not what we see here. Continue reading