One day years ago, a group of Bible scholars and theologians were debating the question, "What makes Christianity different from all other world religions?" Someone suggested the incarnation, but others in the group could name stories of gods taking on human form in other religions. Someone else said resurrection, but again, there were stories in other religions about people cheating death. As they hashed out the question, CS Lewis came strolling into the room. "What's all this about?" he asked. "We're trying to decide what makes Christianity different from all the other world religions?" He shrugged, "That's easy. Grace." (From What's So Amazing About Grace, by Philip Yancey)
Jesus rarely used the word "grace" but He spoke about the concept often, especially in His parables. In the first month of this year, we're looking at some of these stories of grace. This Sunday, we'll take our third and final look at the story of the two lost sons, better known as The Parable of the Prodigal Son. This time, we'll focus on the most important character in the story, the Father. What does He teach us about who our God really is? Coming to know God in a fuller, truer way can change your life in amazing ways. I pray that will happen for each of us this Sunday.