The Father Who Sees from Afar

May 6, 2016 1409

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.- (Luke 15:20).

This “seeing from afar” speaks volumes about how we are saved.

Even before the son entered the homestead, his father saw him from afar. Even before the down-trodden son confessed his errors, his father saw him from afar. Even before the boy learnt harsh lessons in the far country, his father saw him from afar. Even as the son was demanding for his inheritance, the father saw him from afar.

God does not demand that we pay the penalty for our sins; he paid for our sins 2000 years ago. We were accepted back home not as servants, but as true son and daughters.

We can learn something about God’s character through this story. The loving heart of the Father cannot accept our ill-motivated works as our atonement. Salvation remains God’s initiative, however important our “walking back home” might be. Because our Father sees us from afar.

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