by John Crosby
April 27, 2018
Seeing Yourself in the Story of the Prodigal Son
We’re in the midst of the Easter season in the church calendar—it begins with Easter Sunday and lasts 50 days, ending on Pentecost Sunday (May 20 this year). Easter is a time when our Heavenly Father declares to His wandering children, “I love you THIS much!” In our broken, confused, hurting world, Jesus demonstrates this great love by sacrificing His life for us on the cross—and conquering death. Jesus, who came to seek and save the lost, wants to bring us home, to know the abundant life that is found in Him.
It seems a perfect time to talk about prodigals—because we ALL can relate: as the responsible child, angry at how the prodigal pulls all the attention away from us; or the fretting family facing a gamut of emotions from anger to fear to embarrassment to despair; or we’re the wandering child, longing to return but fearful of what awaits.
We all have a connection to this story, so join us—whether for yourself or someone you love or someone you want to comfort. May we all see that there is a “Prodigal God”—one with a reckless, abounding love—for all of us!
John Crosby served as Senior Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church from 1989-2018. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell and Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller. John is known for his voracious reading habit—often devouring a few books every week! Otherwise, John is probably out in nature somewhere or globetrotting with the board of World Vision International. John and his wife, Laura, have two grown daughters who live on either coast.