A God Who is Touched by Our Infirmities

April 18, 2017

This is a companion piece to celebrate Easter to the recent article “The Lord’s Touch is a Symbol of the Atonement.”One of the tenderest moments in scripture is the story of the prodigal son, who, having left home to pursue wild times, finally finds himself, instead, starving and degraded to eating husks with the swine. When at last he “came to himself” he turns his face home again.


What is so noteworthy here is that in that journey back, while he is “yet a great way off” his father “ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20).  How could there be a kinder, more tender, more meltingly forgiving embrace than this one? All the longing of a fond parent was poured into this moment with a son who hardly deserved such compassion.


This, father, of course, represents the Lord. Think of the level of rejection this parent had faced.


In requesting his inheritance the boy had essentially said, “You are as good as dead to me. I discard your teachings, your honor, your name, any life with you. “Then, in a fit of entitlement, he says, “I demand that you give me my inheritance. {Continue Reading At Meridian}

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