The Older Brother Part II
Thanks for the wonderful comments and observations from the last post concerning the older brother. I heard Randy Harris say one time that most of us cannot relate to the younger son, in that most of us have not TOTALLY turned our back on God in rebellion. Yeah, we struggle daily......if not hourly.......but I would guess most of us have never completely left God altogether. Randy went on then to quickly add that most of us HAVE been the older brother sometime in our walk......therefore we can relate to him much better. BINGO! Guilty as charged. How about you? Have you ever felt you EARNED God's love and grace? Then the older brother's attitude and heart should resonate with you. And as I pointed out yesterday, if you have been opposed to God showing grace to someone else or some other group, and if you have been judgemental of someone's idea of celebration......then you have walked in the older brother's shoes.
One last observation about the older brother, and then I will move on to some other topic. Isn't it sad that the older brother had lived with his father all those years, and didn't even really KNOW his father?!? I am assuming he knew a lot ABOUT his father, but like many of us, he found out there is a HUGE difference in knowing about a father and actually knowing him. If he had known him, the celebration would not have been a surprise to him. The love the father showed for his younger brother would have been anticipated and expected......instead of being a shock.
Don't think this point was missed by Jesus's audience that day. Remember who he was talking to.........those who thought they knew the Father better than anybody! Come to find out, all they knew was ABOUT him. If they had really known the Father, they would have known His son. They killed the son of the one they thought they knew.
Do you know about Him.......or do you KNOW HIM?