And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Note 4 at Lu 15:20: This boy's father seeing him "a great way off" would imply that the father had been eagerly awaiting his son's return. This was not a case of the father reluctantly receiving him back home, as can be seen by the fact that the father "ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Certainly, in the spiritual application of this parable, our heavenly Father is longing to cleanse and receive the sinners if they will just repent and come to Him for forgiveness.