“A man had two sons.” So begins Jesus’ third parable in stories about lostness. Notice that the man had two sons. Often we focus on the first, the one known as the prodigal son, the one who spent his time in reckless living. This son most certainly was lost and there was much rejoicing at his homecoming.
The father, who obviously is God, waited longingly for this day, but not the loyal hard-working elder son. Yes, he’s the one we sometimes skip over or sympathise with. But look at him! He’s angry and bitter. Jealous! He refuses to celebrate the return of the younger son and consequently is alienated from the father, and as lost as his younger brother ever was.
We explore this in our message today. You can read the passage hear in Luke 15: 11-32