The story of the prodigal son is a common one full of compassion (Luke 15:11-32). Many of us young and stupid have lived lives to be ashamed of. In this story we are the young man. Man had everything. God created the heavens and the earth and He gave the EARTH to Adam which is half the inheritance. OUR half of the inheritance.
But as it says in verse 13 of Luke chapter 15
“… not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.”
He gave up his inheritance to the world. Which is the same thing Adam did when he sold his right to the earth to the devil for some fruit.
And just like in verse 14 where it says,
“But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.”
Immediately after, there was lack. Adam sold all to the devil and in that moment man fell. What does it mean “Adam fell” or “the fall” as people will say. What we are saying is that Adam fell from his rightful place as king and ruler over the earth. And immediately we felt the severe famine which arose in the land.
“Sin creates a famine in our lives that leaves us empty and sloping up pig food to try to fill the void inside.”
In verse 15 we see,
“Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country.”
He was married to the law. And the law gave power to sin (Romans 7:9). But thank God through Jesus there is another way.
4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.Romans 7:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
We can come to ourselves just as the prodigal son did and say, “Father I’ve sinned against heaven and before you.” And God because of the work of Jesus can see us through the eyes of compassion and say, “Bring out the best robe” and “Bring the fatted calf and kill it.”
Compassion brings a Feast
There’s a feast waiting for us. We can call on the name of the Lord and be saved. There’s a place for us at the dinner table.
All is given to Jesus. All the inheritance both in heaven AND in earth is His. But again through God’s infinite mercy and compassion He has purchased us to become joint heirs with Christ to a new inheritance.
It’s a better restoration not just of the things Adam lost at the fall but of a heavenly inheritance also. And it’s ours for those who will trust and obey the voice of the Lord.
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