We have been in a far country, but he has been wiating for us. When we turn to him, he runs to meet us even when we are still a great way off. He throws his arms around us and treats us as dear children. He never hesitates. We approach him with tears, but find that his home is a house of joy. How is it that the just and holy God can give us such a reception? It is because his eternal Son has never disappointed him in any way, and he sees us being in him. He accepts us for Christ's sake. In our unholiest moments, in the depths of our backsliding, even then the righteousness of Christ is reckonned to our account, and the Father sees us as having no faults. There is no cloud between us and our God, not ever.