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Total Forgiveness

May 26, 2015

In the story of the prodigal that Jesus told in Luke 15: 11-32, I picture a gaunt, weary young man still wearing what once was an expensive tunic made of fine cloth. It is now torn, soiled, and smelly from feeding the pigs. Yet to his father, seeing this wayward lad come home was a beautiful sight. The Orthodox Jewish Bible says the father was filled with “…(heavenly mercy, compassion) and tears, and fell upon his neck and kissed him.” (verse 20).  He hugged the unclean man that had slept with unclean prostitutes and had then fed unclean pigs, and who possibly hadn’t bathed in weeks or months. Then the father ordered that the best robe be brought out and put on this son. Obediently the servants place it over the filthy clothes. What a sight of total forgiveness!

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