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The prodigal son: Coming home to God

The Prodigal Son: Coming Home to God

The Dutch artist Rembrandt created my favorite painting called “Return of the Prodigal Son,” which is on display at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rembrandt based his work on a story Jesus once told his disciples and the teachers of the law. It’s the story of the unchanging heart of God and a man Jesus calls “the prodigal son.”

Jesus begins His story with a father who has two sons. The younger son says, essentially, “Dad, I want my inheritance now. I want to make my own way in the world.” In biblical times, if you were to tell your parents you wanted your inheritance, you were essentially telling them, “I wish you were dead.” Jesus' hearers would’ve thought, “This son is not treating his father as he should.” 

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