This penitent man was received readily, pardoned freely, and completely accepted with God (verses 20-24). More deeply affecting words than these were never written. To comment seems needless. It is like gilding refined gold and painting the lily. They show, in great broad letters, the infinite love of the Lord Jesus towards sinners. He receives sinners. With Him and His mercy sinners ought to begin when they first desire salvation. On Him and His mercy saints ought to live when they have been taught to repent and believe (Galatians 2.20). – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), commenting on Luke 15.11-24.