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Lukas 15:11-32 | Pdt. Paulus Surya

The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Listen)

11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs 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 more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

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 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”

Seorang ayah memiliki peran sangat penting dalam keberhasilan anak-anaknya, termasuk dalam kehidupan rohani. Survey menunjukkan bahwa anak-anak yang berprestasi maupun yang bermasalah hampir selalu berkait dengan relasi terhadap ayahnya. Berdasarkan Lukas 15 ini, kita dapat melihat ciri-ciri dari seorang ayah yang saleh.

Approachable Father
Seorang yang saleh seharusnya tidak menakutkan bagi orang lain untuk mendekatinya. Hal ini dapat kita lihat dari figur ayah di sini. Anak bungsunya berani mendekatinya untuk meminta hal yang tidak menyenangkan ayahnya. Ini menunjukkan sang ayah adalah pribadi yang tidak menakutkan dan bisa diajak bicara. Sang ayah di sini adalah gambaran Bapa Surgawi yang di dalam Kristus kita dapat mendekatiNya di mana dan kapan saja.

Heavenly-associated Father
Saat sang anak bungsu mengingat ayahnya, ia ingat hal-hal rohani/sorga. Demikian juga saat ia mengingat hal-hal sorga, ia mengingat ayahnya (ayat 18 & 21). Ini berarti sang ayah memiliki iman yang benar dan kesalehannya membekas dalam kehidupan sang anak. Apa yang anak-anak dan orang lain pikirkan tatkala mereka mengingat diri kita? Jika kita menjalani hidup yang saleh, maka secara otomatis kita akan memberikan dampak positif kepada orang lain.

Proactive Father
Sebagai seorang ayah yang saleh, ia berinisiatif untuk memenangkan anak-anaknya supaya mereka hidup dalam kebenaran. Hal ini terlihat pada saat sang ayah melihat dan berlari menghampiri anak bungsunya yang kembali saat hidupnya sudah hancur (ayat 20). Sang ayah juga proaktif terhadap anak sulungnya dengan keluar menghampirinya saat ia menolak ikut serta dalam pestanya. Ini merupakan gambaran dari Tuhan Yesus sendiri yang berinisiatif datang ke dunia menghampiri kita untuk menyelamatkan kita.

Ringkasan kotbah Father’s Day Pdt. Paulus Surya, 1 September 2019