You are God’s possession. He has purchased every one of you with the blood of Jesus, and He has placed the renewed image of Christ on your heads and named you with His name in baptism. But it is sometimes tempting to come to this table as the prodigal son returned to his father, believing that a place among the slaves would be most deserved. And yes God does own you, but that thought never crossed the mind of the Father of the prodigal son; the Father was looking for His son. He was looking and waiting for His son. And this is all to say that you are His sons and daughters. And He rejoices over you and he kills the fatted calf. This is that feast. This is the feast of forgiveness. So do not come in disbelief; your sins are forgiven. Rejoice and give thanks. You are the family of God; so come. You are the sons and daughters of the King; so come and eat.