The Feast of the Father

The Prodigal God series ended this Sunday with the Topic of the Father’s feast. Jesus brilliantly ties in the story of the Prodigal Son into the context of the main theme of the bible – which is “Exile and Homecoming”. In the parable the younger son goes away into a far country where he squanders his inheritance and then starts longing for home. This is a picture of the human condition: We all are in exile in this world. Never truly at home. Our hearts long for love that cannot be lost, for escape from death, for the triumph of justice over wrong. But such things will never be found here. We are wanderers away from home. But God didn’t give up on us. He sent Jesus, his Son, to search for us, to die for us and to bring us home. The ultimate hope of the Christian Faith is a feast: “Many will come from the east and the west, and take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 8:11) Some day God will make this world home again, he will restore his fallen creation. By putting our trust in Jesus we become part of a new community of the redeemed who live their lives in the hope of that future feast. The Holy Communion is a regular reminder of that hope for us. With this grand perspective we ended the series of the Prodigal God culminating into a celebration of the Holy Communion.

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