Scripture reading: Luke 15:11–32
Key verse: John 1:12
As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
You’ve probably heard and read Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son many times, and the emphasis of the lesson is usually on the wayward brother. No matter how badly he had behaved, no matter how much he did not deserve his father’s forgiveness, he received it anyway.
The one often overlooked is the other brother, grumbling in the corner while the party is in full swing. Many of us, if we’re honest, secretly identify with him. It just doesn’t seem fair. There he was, faithful and obedient all those years, and the “bad seed” got showered with attention just because he did something good for once.
Jesus was pointing out that both brothers were accepted into the same…
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