Then He said: “A certain man had two sons.
But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.
There are two sons…and they are both dead. They are dead in different ways. But at the end of the day, the answer is that each of them has looked to something other than their father, instead of looking to the Gospel for answers. They have looked to the world; they have looked to the law.
Each of them, in their own way, has done this, right? They have thumbed their nose at their father. Each of them has proven, by word and action, that the character of their father isn’t in their hearts.
So their father, willingly takes, in one case, disgrace. He surrenders his dignity to run to his son.
And the other son, who has scorned his father…the father goes to him as well.
I am a Westminster guy. And Westminster talks about Jesus Christ being a prophet, priest and king in both his humiliation and his exaltation. And when we talk about “humiliation,” I think that we could easily grab out and take that word that says “loses dignity…surrenders prerogative…goes running out”…for you.
Christ before He is Jesus…Son before he takes on human flesh…cloaked in infinite glory…man able to look on him no more than able to look upon Yahweh…He takes on this…human flesh. And not only takes on this…
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant [“slave”], and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
You can take the word “humiliation” and hang that definition on it.
He comes running after you…and rejoices. And when he goes after the other son, if the other son came back in…and maybe he did, we don’t know…the rejoicing would just multiply.
Jesus has come running after you. And we all know what he did…in our heads and in our hearts. And we all know that during the past week we’ve gone in both of those ditches, right? I’ve gone in the ditch of going after the world, and I’ve gone in the ditch of going after the law. And Jesus says “Come on back…because I have set a table for you. Come eat with me.”
Paul says this…
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
To give you an image…you proclaim that Your Father…His Son…will bind his robe around His waist and come running after you. He is willing to give all of that dignity up for the joy that is set before him…your salvation.