18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 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.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
-When the prodigal son decided to come back to his father, he didn’t even get a chance to make it completely home before his father met him in the way with open arms. Without any hesitation the father offers his wayward son acceptance and the best robe. Now since this is the father’s house, whose would be the best robe? It must be the father’s own robe, of course. The prodigal carried his shame and remorse a long way, but for that last part of the journey he was surrounded by the warmth of his father’s provision and any family, guests, or servants who saw the boy coming that day wouldn’t see the filth of the pig pen or the sweat of the journey, they would only see purity of the father’s best robe. “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10) One day, when the redeemed take their final steps into Heaven’s hallowed ground, the assembled hosts won’t see our lies, our sins, or our ugliness; they will only see the lily white purity of the Father’s greatest provision- Jesus Christ the Righteous.