by Jerry Vines

(The Elder Brother)
Luke 15:25-32
God's lost and found department is what we have called this fifteenth
chapter of the book of Luke. We have already brought three messaages
about lost things from the chapter. We took a look first of all at
the lost sheep. Then secondly, the lost silver. Number three the
Lost son. Now this morning we are going to take a look at what the
Lord Jesus had to say about a character we call the elder brother.
So beginning with verse twenty five let's read about it then let's
study it together.
"Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew
nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one
of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said
unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted
calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry,
and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated
him. He that is the son, answering said unto his father, Lo, these
many years do I serve thee, neither trangressed I at any time thy
commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make
merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which
hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the
fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and
all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry,
and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and
was lost, and is found."
As I said to you a moment ago, we have been looking for several
weeks at these parables of lost things in Luke chapter fifteen. And
we have called it God's lost and found department. Here we have the
beautiful joy of the heart of God when lost ones are reclaimed and
come back to him. Rather anticlimactic is the final picture which
Jesus gives in this chapter. Actually I would have preferred that
the Lord never gave this picture. It is the one sour note in the
whole ...

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