FOREVER TRIUMPHANT, Day 7—Lenten Devotionals
And he (the prodigal son) arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat an celebrate. For his my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. Luke 15:20-24
Because the apostle Paul gives some of the most ringing declarations of the Victory that we have in Christ, some people think that those declarations are detached from the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. But this is not the case.
FJ HUEGEL: We are not limited to direct, unmistakable affirmations such as these we have just considered. Victory, such as Paul describes in Romans 8, is hinted at in the gospel narrative of the Redeemer’s public ministry. The lad’s lunch, in the miracle of the loaves and fishes, in Jesus’s blessed hands, feeds five thousand with twelve baskets full of crumbs to cap the climax. The prodigal of the parable is not only forgiven, he is robed as a prince, bejewelled as a favorite son, feasted as an honored guest whose sweet and joyous coming had long been anticipated with deep longings and infinite delight. When the disciples’ ship, in peril because of the angry sea whipped up to high fury by a sudden storm, received the Christ of God He does not only still the wind and waves. No! The ship immediately arrives at its destination on the other shore. When the nets were filled miraculously by the Master’s word of command that they should be cast on the right side of the ship, the haul brought in 153. . . . for when God gives, it must be in keeping with the immeasurable generosity that characterizes the Father of Lights from whom cometh every good and perfect gift.
Prayer: Dear God, may the Spirit of Jesus work in me the kind of abundance that I find in the parable of the Prodigal Son, the feeding of the 5,000, and the miraculous catch of fish. May my life be an abundant blessing to those whose lives my life touches. I pray this in the name of Jesus, the poor man who blessed in abundance.