Kisses For Prodigals –
In the parable of the prodigal son, our Lord Jesus Christ uses the simplest, most vivid language possible to show us how delightful it is to the God of glory to bestow his superabundant grace to sinners. We are told, “When” the poor prodigal “was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him!" – He kissed him earnestly. He kissed him eagerly. He kissed him ardently. He kissed him much. He kissed him continually. Meditate upon those kisses. I remind you that in this parable, the father’s actions toward his prodigal son beautifully display the boundless, overflowing love of God revealed to sinners who come to him by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. What do these many kisses mean? What do they teach us? They tell us that when a sinner comes home to God by faith in Christ, God welcomes the sinner with all the fulness of his infinite love!
Kisses Of Love
kisses mean much love deeply felt and demonstrably expressed (Eph. -19). These kisses express the great love
of our heavenly Father, that eternal, everlasting love that is deeply felt
(Language fails me!) in the very heart of God. These kisses speak of the great
manifestations of God’s love to the hearts of believing sinners. True love
cannot be dormant. Like fire, it must be active. Like water, it must break out.
It must show itself in words, actions, deeds, and expressions. Look yonder to
Kisses Of Forgiveness
The Father’s kisses mean full
forgiveness, freely bestowed (1 John 1:9; Psa. 103:12; Isa. 43:25). God has
promised that he will forgive the sins of those who seek him (Isa. 55:6-7). The
Lord Jesus Christ has, by his own precious blood, purchased complete
forgiveness of all sin for his people (Eph. 1:3-7; Heb. ). Now, by his warm embrace and tender kisses, our
heavenly Father makes believing sinners to know that their many sins are all
forgiven forever. His kiss tells me that all my sins are gone (Heb. ). He gives another kiss, and tells me that
he will never remember my transgressions (Heb. ).
With another kiss, he assures me that he sees no fault in me (Num. ; Jer. 50:20). With another kiss, he
tells me that he will never treat me any the less graciously because of my sin