20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’
22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. (Luke 15:17-24 NLT)
Welcome Home! The Runaway Son wasn't sure what his father would do or say when he came home begging for a job. He did not know that his father was looking for him to return, but he was. The father ran out to greet and welcome his son home. He threw a party to celebrate his son's return.
Remember what Jesus said at the end of the parable of the lost sheep. "There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!"
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Like Jesus, we should always be ready to welcome home those who have lost their way and return to the Lord!