This parable told by Jesus is a third part to the two that precede it, the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. In all three something or someone is lost, looked for, found and then rejoiced over. In this story the son represents the lost sinner who repents, the father represents our compassionate God, and the brother represents the attitude of the Pharisees. It is important for us to understand that God has compassion for everyone, no matter how bad/lost they have been. Anyone can be forgiven if they truly repent. Likewise, we who have also experienced forgiveness and life in Christ should rejoice when others come to Christ.
“In his great mercy he has given us… an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you!”
– 1 Peter 1.3a, 4 (NIV) Continue reading → The Prodigal Son