The 2 Sons of Luke
We see them not only in scripture, but also in society today. These two brothers illustrate the erroneous ways that men and women, boys and girls live their lives. Are you a prodigal? The son in Luke said, “Father I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight. I am no more worthy to be called thy son.” We see the elder brother’s attitude exhibited by a lot of our society, as “victims.” When the prodigal son was welcomed home by the father, the elder brother exhibited all the traits of a victim. “But he was angry, and would not go in; and his father came out, and entreated him. But he answered and said to his father, “Lo, these many years do I serve thee, and I never transgressed a commandment of thine; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this thy son comes, who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou killest for him the fatted calf.” Verses 29-30.
He did not appreciate how good he had it: “And he said unto him, Son, Thou art ever with me, and all that is mine is thine. But it was meat to make merry and be glad; for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” Verses 31-32. Too often we don’t count our blessings. Have you become a prodi- gal, or an unappreciative “victim;” and need to “come to yourself” or repent? As the text shows clearly, one is as bad as the other; both were lost, and both needed to return to the father. As the text sets forth, a loving rich welcome awaits the one who humbly returns to his Father. But the greatest loss ever possible faces the one that will not do so.