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Return to Our Father

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

In the Bible, God whose name is YAH (short-form for YHWH, often translated as Yahweh or Jehovah) tells us He is our Heavenly Father and reveals to us the overarching and transcendent theme of the Bible – the revelation of how we were always meant to have a family relationship with God and how God will redeem and restore His fallen creation.  Yes, His creation is fallen, but it will be remade. 

 

Since man fell in sin and rejection of God’s ways, man has walked according to his own ways as his own god.  Our Heavenly Father allowed mankind to “do his own thing”, making his own decisions and governing himself.  It has been a disaster.  Unfortunately, it seems mankind will not learn from his experience and will destroy himself before he will come back to his Heavenly Father.  Time is short and many can feel it.

 

But though mankind is heading down this broad path to destruction, some will heed and know that they belong on the narrow road back to Him:

 

Matthew 7:

7     "Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.

8     For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.

9     Or who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?

10   Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent?

11   If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,

      how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

12   Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

13   "Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction,

      and many are those who enter in by it.

14   How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.  (WEB)

 

 

Like a father to His wayward children, God constantly beckons to His rebellious children to return to Him and He provides the path and the means of reconciliation, but we have to be able and willing to listen – and respond.

 

To paraphrase the famous saying:

 

“If you love someone, let them go.

 If they return to you, they are yours.

 If they do not, it was never meant to be.”

 

 


When we say “let them go” we are not saying that God does not care about us or does not love us and pushes us away.  No, God is doing the exact opposite.  He loves us so much and in His perfection and holiness, He does not keep us captive, but allows us freedom (this is the letting go) to choose to love Him or not.  Love cannot be forced.  When someone forces you to love them, then that is not truly love.  God does not want robots who are programmed to love Him.  True love is when someone returns your love completely of their own free will.  Love is a choice and action.  What God did was give us our own free will to choose to love Him.  Adam and Eve did love God, but they were deceived.

                

Due to the deception and fall in sin, mankind has largely rejected Him and gone our own way. However, this would not be the case, if the mind of man has not been blinded to the true magnitude of what is at stake. Think of what is the most joyous moment you have ever had with your family. If you do not have fond memories, then imagine how your greatest family moment would be…..

 

Then multiply this elation exponentially into infinity………..and forever more.

 

However, God loves us so much that He does not just sit still and do nothing.  He does not force us to come back to Him, but what He does is this:  In His love, God has done everything He can for us to come back except to actually make the decision for us.  He is willing to throw out our earlier wrong choices as far as the east is from the west and forget our sins.  He has provided the atonement and forgiveness, and the means to be reconciled with Him.  All we have to do is accept His loving work in faith. 

 

God has promised eternal life in eternal bliss for all who believe in Him and the atoning work of His only-begotten son and Christ/Messiah Jesus (Yahusha in Hebrew (or Yahushua/Yeshua); Yahusha means "YHWH is salvation").  Jesus died for our sins, but was resurrected to live forever more (a model of what awaits all sons and daughters of God) and will return again to establish the Kingdom of God.

 

I said before that mankind has largely rejected Him.  This means there are some who know the truth and have not rejected Him ---- so there is still love, hope and faith within us all to make the right choice.  And one last thing God also does:  He patiently waits for us to return.  He leaves the light on for us to come home.

 

An example of how much God loves us and gives us the freedom to choose even though it pains Him to see us make a wrong choice is found in the parable of the Prodigal Son.  God is waiting with open arms for His children to come back to Him:

 

Luke 15:

11   Then He said: "A certain man had two sons.

12   And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.'

      So he divided to them his livelihood.

13   And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, 

      and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.

14   But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.

15   Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16   And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

17   "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare,

      and I perish with hunger!

18   I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,

19   and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." '

20   "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion,

      and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.

21   And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

22   "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.

23   And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;

24   for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry.

25   "Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

26   So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.

27   And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound,

       your father has killed the fatted calf.'

28   "But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.

29   So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you;

      I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat,

      that I might make merry with my friends.

30   But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.'

31   "And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.

32   It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "   (NKJV)

 

 

This parable is about God who loves you so much and wants so much for you to return.

 

God is waiting for you to return, but He will not force you.  You must come back on your own free will.  And look how much He loves you and wants you to come back!  In verses 20-24, it is the father who sees his son first, because he was always longing and waiting for his son to return.  When He sees His son returning from far off, God is the one who runs to you and falls on your neck and kisses you.  And He is overjoyed and celebrates the return of His child!

 

Even though we have sinned against Him, God is compassionate and merciful and waits for us to return.  See how all that the father’s wayward child had done in the past is forgotten, and the father is just overjoyed that his child, who was dead and lost, is now found and alive again.  We must realize how we have fallen and want to come back, and be the son and daughter we were always meant to be.  But we should not be surprised that God loves us so much even though we have turned away from Him.

 

If you have ever wondered what true and pure love is, God is love. And God manifests His love through His only-begotten son Jesus.  The red that is our debt of sin was cancelled out by Jesus’ atonement for us through His precious blood:



1 John 4:

7    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

8    The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9    By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

10  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

12  No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

13  By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

14  We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

16  We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

17  By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

19  We love, because He first loved us.

20  If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

21  And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

(NKJV)

 

 

And this is how the Bible describes love.  Love is the greatest of all, because God is love and He is above all:

 

1 Corinthians 13:

1    Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

2    And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

3    And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

4    Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

5    does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

6    does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

7    bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8    Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

9    For we know in part and we prophesy in part.

10  But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11  When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12  For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.    (NKJV)

 


If you have ever wondered if “real” truth exists, yes it does – God is truth (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 31:5).

 

Truth is not subjective; it just is.   Some say: “there is no absolute truth”. But by its own confession, this statement itself is not true.

 

There is absolute truth; there can only be one truth. There is no such thing as everyone having his own truth. A person may believe in his own truth, but it will not be real.

 

Truth saves. Why? Because God is truth and He is life.

 

Truth is not mindless or aimless. If it was, then life would be utterly worthless, like a leaf being driven wherever the wind blows. It would literally be survival of the fittest and the strong would always win, to the cries and oppression of the weak. Such thinking is not of love and God, but is from hate and the devil.

 

 

Search deep within our hearts and what will we find? There is indeed an emptiness; a yearning for perfection; to be perfected in love and truth. It is the highest and purest way to live. Man was made to be holy, but he must make and live with his own decisions.

 

It is God who has put eternity in our hearts:


Ecclesiastes 3:

11   He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.   (NKJV)



But it is the enemy, Satan and our weaknesses which have pushed God out of our hearts.

 


Look outside and what do we see? We have been weakened in our sin and revel in it. Mankind has had free rein to do as he pleases and the ultimate results of man’s fallen nature and his inability to control himself will be the total destruction of mankind. We are seeing this day to day and it will only get worse. Man’s doing things his way is the road to disaster.

 

Our Heavenly Father is calling for us to return to Him. He is waiting. But He cannot make the choice for us. Like the prodigal son, will we finally come to our senses before it is too late, and return to our father? Or will we completely ignore Him and doom ourselves?

 

Seek Him while it is still day for night is soon upon us:

 

Isaiah 55:

6     Seek YAHWEH while he may be found; call you on him while he is near:

7     let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to YAHWEH,

     and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.   (WEB)

 

 

 

Please return to Him as it was always meant to be, before there was sin, death and suffering; all things will be remade and sin, death, suffering and the enemy will be no more:

 

Revelation 21:

3     And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them,

      and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

4     And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.

      There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

5     Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me,

     "Write, for these words are true and faithful."   (NKJV)

 


The Bible tells us that we must be like little children to enter His kingdom:

 

Matthew 18:

1    At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

2    And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,

3    and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

4    "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5    "And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;    (NASB)

 

Luke 18:

15  Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

16  But Jesus called them to Him and said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.

17  Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it."    (NKJV)

 

 

Why do we have to be like infants?  Well, one reason why we must be like children when we come back to God is because we are God’s children.  


When the Bible says we must be like little children to return to God and enter the Kingdom, it does not mean that we are to be “immature”.  No; what the Bible means by us being like little children is that we must be pure and untainted/unblemished by the world. 

 

We have to be like an infant or little child, because we must be innocent like one and instinctively know and hold on to our Heavenly Father for dear life (just like an infant to a human parent), and look to him for all our cares and needs, for love and support.  A child loves her parent without condition and with a total trust and a pure love.  And our Father is perfect and loves us even more than we do – this is something only a parent who has given life to a child can even begin to understand. 

 

A baby might not know exactly what she wants or how to get it, but whatever it is, she knows she needs it and she cries out for it – and the true place to receive this love and care is from the one who gave her life.  This is the child-like innocence we are to have when we return to God: we know there is something important missing and what we need – and we must cry out to God.  He is the one who placed eternity, a piece of Himself, in our hearts.  Adam and Eve had this child-like innocence before they were deceived and so this place in our hearts is now empty or filled with other things, when the love for the one who gave us life should be there.

 

We must not be deceived by the enemy to think that we know what is best and we do not need God.  The parable of the Prodigal Son shows us that we might think we know it all and need no one, but it is the exact opposite which is true: we are children who need our Heavenly Father and must put all our trust in Him as our father who loves us more than anything and knows what is best for us. 

 

In the beginning of the parable, the son acted as if he was not his father’s child, but in the end, he came back like a little child – humbled/innocent.  The son was completely humbled before he finally realized his mistakes and foolishness, and how he was so blind – all that he needed and loved was right there all along, in his father.  And notice:  the father of course knew this, but in his love for his son, he did not force his son to stay.  The father let his son make his own choice --- but he was always looking out for him and ready to take him back with wide-open arms.



The Lord Jesus has risen and He will return soon to establish the Kingdom of God.  He is the promised one that YAH said He would send to help us and bring us back to Him.  Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah is the light that dispels any darkness.  He is the truth, the way and the life. 

 

Make the right choice:  choose eternal life in the relationship that we were created to be in with the one who gave us life.  Return to your Heavenly Father.


Eternal joy with YAH YHWH God, His only-begotten son Yeshua/Jesus and the entire heavenly host awaits the return of the wayward son and daughter:  

 

Luke 15:

3     So He told them this parable, saying,

4     "What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them,

        does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

5     "When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6     "And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them,

        'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

7     "I tell you that in the same way,

       there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

8     "Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin,

       does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

9     "When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying,

       'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!'

10   "In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."     (NASB)

 

 


 

Please also see the articles: ‘The Name of God and Messiahand Promise of the Living Parable.