from Paul Metzger
Reading: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Luk 15:1 All the tax collectors and sinners came to listen to Jesus.
Luk 15:2But the Pharisees and the scribes complained, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
Luk 15:3Jesus spoke to them using this illustration:
Luk 15:11 "A man had two sons.
Luk 15:28 "Then the older son became angry...
Luk 15:30 But this son of yours spent your money on prostitutes, and when he came home, you killed the fattened calf for him.'
Luk 15:31 "His father said to him, 'My child, you're always with me. Everything I have is yours.
Luk 15:32 But we have something to celebrate, something to be happy about. This brother of yours was dead but has come back to life. He was lost but has been found.'"
There are 2 parts to this scripture: the actions of younger son, the actions of the older son, and in both, the response of the father.
In regards to the younger son, F. B. Meyer, in his Devotional Commentary, says this:
The pearl of parables! Too often we desire God’s gifts apart from Himself. The far country is not far in actual distance, but in the alienation of the heart. You may be living in a pious home and yet be in the far country. Sin is waste. The far country is always swept by famine, because our soul was made for God and cannot live on husks. Neither things nor people can really appease our awful hunger if we are away from God.
And in regards to the older son:
Ever with me; life was meant to be irradiated and blessed by the constant sense of God’s nearness. We were meant to live in God and God in us.
But if we fail to recognize our brother in the penitent your son; if we shut ourselves out of the joy, because of some fancied slight, or of pharisaic pride, we miss our own truest blessedness. But God entreats us to come into it.
The heart's desire of God the Father is that we never stray from his side, continually enjoying His Presence. But if we do, He welcomes us back immediately, with open arms. And we too, just like our Father, need to welcome those who come back to Him, irregardless of their past.