for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
Luke 15:24 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Luke 15:24 (AMP) — Because this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! And they began to revel and feast and make merry.
Luke 15:24 (NIV) — For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
Luke 15:24 (MSG) — My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.
There are very few things that compare to the joy that you feel when you experience God’s forgiveness in your life. The joy when we are welcomed with arms of love and forgiveness. This is what we see within the story of the prodigal son! The great mercy is expressed by the father to see his son come back home once again. Luke 15:22-23, we express this great joy, “but the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry. “
On this day, you have to have a big celebration! The table is prepared by the Father and the order of the day for us His children, is joy and happiness. It is inevitable to celebrate the forgiveness and mercy of God in our lives today. How can we forget where God brought us from, a world of filth and darkness, from being prodigals to being children once again. Remember the many days we lived lost and stranded in our sin, but praise God that we have returned home! The Father received us with a hug, a kiss and a ring. If we have not experienced this much joy, all it that will take, is to confess our sin and come to Him once again.
We must do the same as the prodigal son did, he said “I will arise and go to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you” (Luke 15:18). Today is our day to get up and go home! All it takes is to take action on our part, leave our old way and go home to our father. Isaiah 55:7 tells us, “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Let’s run home and experience the joy of forgiveness!
Psalms 51:4 (NKJV) — Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.
Luke 15:18 (NKJV) — I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
Luke 18:13 (NKJV) — And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’
Isaiah 55:7 (NKJV) — Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.