This morning we are going to look at the parable of the prodigal son. But, we are going to focus on the other son. We like the story of the prodigal because it is so full of hope.
The Other Son, the Prodigal Son's Elder Brother
We don't often look at the life of the other son.
This is one of the most known parables of all of the parables of Christ In this story, the young son asked his father for his inheritance, which the father gave. He ten went out, and made merry, and lived it up. We later learn that he returns to the father and the father makes a feast to celebrate his return.
The other son, the son who stayed home. Might be considered the good son, he stayed home. But, he had some serious problems and there are things we can learn if we look to his life.
- Luke 15:25-32
As we look at the elder brother, we see he had some serious problems. In a sense he was lost as well. He stayed home, yes, but he was lost at home.
The younger son, asked his father of the inheritance which is out of order. He is basically saying that he valued money over his father's life.
Many believe that this should be titled the Parable of a Father's love. Look at how the father loved the older son despite of his heart.
- Came in from the field - Luke 15:25-26
- Situations explained - Luke 15:27
- Reaction of older brother - Luke 15:28-30
Think about this, his brother who was lost, is now returned, and he is angry. So angry that his father had to come out and speak to him He's angry and jealous. In his mind he thinks the father's response is not fair.
- Father's response - Luke 15:31-32
The father explains that everything the father has, is now his. He tells him it is proper to celebrate the brothers return.
The Other Son - His Positive Attributes
He has a bad attitude, yet he has some very good things about him as well.
- A hared worker
- An honest and obedient son
- A good and moral man
The Other Son - His Sinful Attitude
He had an attitude of anger. This is not just angry, but wrathful rage. He's to the bursting point ready to boil over. Think how the father has mourned the loss of his son, for weeks, months, maybe years. And, the older son become resentful.
Now the brother has returned, but rather than rejoicing, he was angry.
- He was angry
- He was pouting
- He was self-righteous
- He was self-centered
- He was filled with contempt
The elder brother himself suffered: by his attitude, he had cut himself off from the joy of his father's household. He stood outside, miserable, angry and alone. It's a sad case of that older brother.
The Other Son - Applying the Lessons
Notice in this chapter, Luke 15, there are three parables. The parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son.
- Luke 15:1-2
Notice, who it was who was coming to hear Jesus. The publicans, the scribes, and sinners. Jesus had expounded on his reasons for moving into the streets of the city. In the parable of the wedding feast, He had moved to those who lived in the streets. God loves every man.
The scribes declared, "This man receiveth sinners." And, while it was intended to ridicule, it was true. He cam to receive sinners, He came to the lost, He came to every man.
The parable of the lost sheep:
- Luke 15:1-7
- The Shepherd - Christ
- The Lost Sheep - Lost sinners
- The finding - Christ saving sinners
- The carrying - Uplifting the fallen
- The rejoicing - Joy in Heaven
Parable of the Lost Coin
We see this analogy of the woman and the lost coin.
- Luke 15:8-10
- The woman - the church
- The lost coin - the "dropout"
- The lighted lamp - the word of God
- The broom - the church's concern
- The search - the church's activity
- The rejoicing - the joy in Heaven
Parable of the Lost Sons
- Luke 15:11-32
- The Prodigal - Rebellious sinners
- The older brother - Religious leaders
The main purpose of this parable is to illustrate in a real-life situation the attitude of the Pharisees toward publicans and sinners. When we look at the ministry of Jesus we see multitudes of people following Him. From, publicans, to sinners and even some noblemen followed Him. By and large it was the weak and
The story will cast the attitude of the Pharisees in contrast with the love and mercy of God. It highlights that God loves all those who repents. His love extends to all, even those who are lost. Yet, rejoicing takes place when the sinner returns to the Lord.
This parable stands in judgment of the Pharisees and judgmental attitude of those who refuse to forgive even when the Father forgives.
- Luke 18:9-14
The Lord will exalt those who humbles themselves. There are a lot of people in the world who look down on others who are not like them. Yet, the Father will love and forgive anyone who obeys.
The Father from this parable shows us the great love of the Father. We see a contrast, that He loved both, the Son who repented and the one who stayed outside... yet, He pleaded with Him.
The Father, pleads with each of us. He pleads with the sinners to return. And, He pleads with those who stay at home, but has an attitude of anger.
Jesus came, not for those who were spiritually well. He came for the spiritual sick. We've each at some point been in that place. And, there is nothing that we can do.
But, Jesus came, He offers us His act of grace that He died for our sins. To accept His grace, we must obey. He said, if you love me, keep my commandments. And His commands are not grievous. We must belief that He is the Son of God, confess our belief, repent of our sins and turn back to the Father. We must be baptized for the forgiveness, and washing away of our sins, and live a life faithful to Christ.
If you haven't done this, you can return to God by doing the commandments of Christ. If you are a Christian who has not been living faithful, you too can return to the love of the Father.
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