The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

04/14/2009

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When I wax poetic over the game of baseball, (I do this often) and I fail to make the object of my soliloquy a convert, I revert to an old theme. "You know," I say. "Baseball is different than those other team sports. The object of baseball is to come home"....Everyone wants to come home.....

Thus, my favorite of Jesus' parables is that of The Prodigal Son found in Luke 15. I would like to look at several lessons to be learned from this story, not the least of which is "coming home." With the Father representing God, the young man makes a separation from Him to a "distant country" (V 13). "Your iniquities have separated you from God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear" (Isa. 59:2).

The young man "squandered his wealth in wild living" (V 13). How often do we squander our time? Time that could be spent in working for our Lord! How often do we squander our money, our talents, and our opportunities? The young man then reaped what he had sown. The consequences of his sin were manifested when he hit rock bottom! "So he hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to the fields to feed the pigs" (V 15). There is nothing wrong in itself to feed pigs, but when you are relegated to eat what they are eating......need I say more?

A light now comes on in the young man's head as he, "came to his senses" (V 17). He realizes the insanity of his sins and that even his Father's servants "have food to spare." In the midst of his depravity, he makes a wise decision. "I will set out and go back to my Father" (V 18). Here's that baseball thing again....It was time to come home! The Father was waiting there at home as if he had scored the winning run. Through Jesus Christ our Savior, we are always encouraged to "come home." We are even allow to bring company....I love this story...

Have a wonderful day....Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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