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Jesus Heals the Maniac of Gadera—Part 1

Jesus Heals the Maniac of Gadera—Part 1

The Father Running to the Son

“And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”
Luke 15:20
When people in Jesus’ day heard Him tell the story of the Prodigal Son, they heard it through the lens of their culture. To the Jewish listeners, this story contains something unusual that we often don’t think of. For a man of wealth and standing in that time to run was extremely rare. He would have servants to take care of his tasks and would dispatch one of them to care for urgent matters. Yet the father saw his son coming from a great distance and ran to meet to him. This is a wonderful picture of the way God treats us.
We do not have to persuade God to save us—He delights in rescuing sinners from Hell and placing them into His family. He is even patient and allows us opportunities to respond to the gospel rather than quickly giving us the puni