“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servant and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound. BUT HE WAS ANGRY AND REFUSED TO GO IN.” Luke 15: 25-28
In this parable we do not really focus to much on the older brother. We think about the prodigal son and the father. But we skip over the older brother.
What are our thoughts about the older brother? Can we understand his feelings? Do we relate to his reaction to his brother? Would we respond like the older brother?
He is not home when his brother arrives back. When he gets home and hears the noise, music and a great party is going on without him. He calls the servant and asks what is the party for?
The servant tells him; “Your brother has come home, and your father has thrown a party, because he came home.
Here is his reaction: “He became angry and refused to go in!” Is this a right response? Is this how we would react? His brother leaves home, spends his money and now comes home and dad throws him a party? How could dad forgive him for his sin?
What makes us angry? How many religious people get angry when God forgives sinners who realty do not deserve it? We forget that this is how our Heavenly Father treats everyone. He forgives us over and over and we do not deserve it.
Lord help me to not be like the older brother, when God forgives other people! Help me to rejoice and celebrate with people that come home to the Father!