“My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”
There are two elder sons in the story.
The one is the son who stayed at home, unwillingly serving his father. He was disgusted and harshly critical when the younger son came home and was received in love and forgiveness. He was distressed at the thought that his inheritance would be compromised.
The true elder son is telling the story! He left home and, for the sake of His Father’s love for His son and His love for them both, He came to seek and to find His lost brother and take him home again. And He was more than willing to share His own inheritance and future with him. He is the Shepherd looking for the lost sheep and the Owner seeking the precious coin. He is the One who came not to condemn but to forgive and to save and at such great cost to Himself.
The true Son now stands before them all in His living reality. Pointing to the one in the parable He is clearly saying to the religious leaders ‘that is what you have made Me, this is who I really am.’
Thank God for the real Jesus – the One who came to seek you, find You and lead you safely home.
Thank You Lord Jesus for Your great love, compassion and generosity. I put my life in Your hand. Please lead me safely home again. Amen.