DayBreaks for 7/01/20: The Invitation to Come Home
From the DayBreaks archive, June 2010:
Years ago, I read a moving story about a young man who had quarreled harshly with his father and left home in his anger. During the years he was gone, he continued to stay in touch with his mom, and he wanted very badly to come home for Christmas, but he was afraid his father would not allow him. His mother wrote to him and urged him to come home, but he did not feel he could until he knew his father had forgiven him. Finally, there was no time for any more letters. His mother wrote and said she would talk with the father, and if he had forgiven him, she would tie a white rag on the tree which grew right alongside the railroad tracks near their home, which he could see before the train reached the station. If there was no rag, it would be better if he went on.
The young man decided this was a risk he could take, so he started homeward. As the train drew near his home; he was so nervous he said to his friend who was traveling with him, “I can’t bear to look. Sit in my place and look out the window. I’ll tell you what the tree looks like and you tell me whether there is a rag on it or not.” So, his friend changed places with him and looked out the window. After a bit the friend said, “Oh yes, I see the tree.” The son asked, “Is there a white rag tied to it?” For a moment, the friend said nothing. Then he turned, and in a very gentle and quivering voice said, “There is a white rag tied to every limb of that tree!”
That, in a sense, is what God is saving in John 3:16 and 17. God has removed the condemnation and made it possible to come freely and openly home to him. God didn’t tie white rags to the tree – He had himself nailed there. The cross is our sign that it is safe to come home to the Father!
PRAYER: For the welcome You give us, we, in our desperation for our Father’s love, thank You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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