If we are honest, we all love a good redemption story. Even Hollywood could not have written a better one than we watched yesterday, as Tiger Woods did what many thought he would never do again. He won the Masters.
It is remarkable in and of itself, that at the age of 43 he won, but with all his health problems, personal issues, and moral downfall, it makes it even more unbelievable. It all seemed too much for him to overcome. Yet he was met with hugs and cheers from his family and the crowd gathered at Augusta.
It reminds me of the parable of the prodigal son that Jesus told in the Bible. The son, who had it all at home, was dissatisfied. Discontentment had set in. He thought the grass would be greener elsewhere. He thought he would be happier. But we know that is not how it worked out. (Luke 15:11-32)
The son ended up hungry, lost, and desperate. This drove him back to his father’s house, where he is welcomed with open arms--forgiven--and given a second chance. A true redemption story as well--except that this redemption story is good for all of eternity, not just for a golf career.
Jesus, of course, told this parable to show us how He is waiting and willing to take us in, forgive us, and give us another chance. And another. And another. Sin and all.
Wherever you find yourself today, if you don’t know the Lord as your personal Savior, or if you have gotten away from God, know that He is willing and waiting for you to come to Him. The Bible says, "I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22.
You may be “dead” in your sin, but rejoice…you can find eternal redemption in Jesus!
“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:32