The theologian Karl Barth had a strange interpretation of Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. Barth said that this story really wasn’t about our rebellion against God. He said it was a story about Jesus. And about the way in which God loved us so much that God allowed Jesus to journey out into the far country to share our lot. Then to suffer, then to be lost in death, and then, by the grace of God, to come home.
Barth depicts Jesus as the “prodigal son” who recklessly “wastes” love and forgiveness on us. Jesus is the one who “lived with the pigs” to live on our level. And went on a long perilous travel in order to find us. Now, that is some story of God’s extraordinary length of “search and recovery.”
We have begun the Epiphany season with Jesus’ call for us to follow him. Here is where the good news begins…right in the heart of God. God is determined to have us as family. God shows a relentless resolve not to leave the world to its own devices. This explains why we are evangelists. We want to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love. Amen! Peace, Pastor Gary