Recognition-- he reflected (v. 17-19).
Repentance— “I will arise … I will go … I will say …. (vv. 20-21).
Return---“so he returned to his Father (v.20)
Rejoicing—“They began to celebrate” (v.24)
Returning to the “old Landmark”………. How to go home:
Revelation 3:1-3 (NLT) the church at Sardis (e.g. USA)
“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead.
2 Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.
3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
Proverbs 23:10-35 Amplified Bible (AMP)10 Do not move the ancient landmark [at the boundary of the property]And do not go into the fields of the fatherless [to take what is theirs],
1. an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location.
|"the spire was once a landmark for ships sailing up the river"||synonyms: marker, mark, indicator, beacon,|
2. an event, discovery, or change marking an important stage or turning point in something.
|"the birth of a child is an important landmark in the lives of all concerned"||synonyms: turning point, milestone, watershed, critical point, benchmark|
Rejoicing—he came to the father (vv. 20-24).
20 “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
21 “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly 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 fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.