“We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20b-21).”
Although our congregation is holding the Parable of the Prodigal Son at the forefront of our reflection during the season of Lent, it must not be forgotten that Lent is first and foremost a journey with our Lord toward the cross. We should be aware that Jesus told this remarkable parable during the trip from Galilee to Jerusalem. “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven,” the Gospel of Luke has said several chapters earlier, “Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem (Luke 9:51).” That he set out resolutely for Jerusalem suggests that he was determined to follow the will of his father, even to the harsh and bitter cross.
Pause for a moment and reflect on the cross as the story of God’s love for you. Think about the journey to the cross as a journey of love. Remember the immense cost to God of your reconciliation with God. This is no message of cheap grace. It is rather the gospel of indescribable love. Be grateful and offer your surrendered self to him once again.