by Rex Yancey

What Two Brothers Had in Common
Rex Yancey
Luke 15:25-32

A lawyer from New Orleans parked his car in an abandoned field near a trailer park. He took the hose he had with him and put one end of it in his exhaust system and the other inside his car. He rolled up the windows and waited for his life to be taken from him. However, two small boys were playing nearby and saw what was happening. They crawled up near the car and removed the hose from the tail pipe.

The lawyer realized something was wrong so he got out of his car and reconnected the hose. The little boy slipped up and removed the hose again. Finally the lawyer caught the oldest little boy and shoved him into his car...

That is the way John Grisham began his novel, THE CLIENT. Once you start reading it, you are hooked. That is one of the reasons that Grisham is a best selling author today.

Biblical writers were good at using the hook to involve people in their messages. For instance, Isaiah used such a hook in chapter 5:1. "Let me sing now for my well beloved concerning his vineyard..." The hook got the folks to listen. However, the punch line hooked them. God expected justice out of Israel. However, what he got was bloodshed and tyranny.

In our message today, Jesus was criticized for eating with publicans and sinners. The Scribes and Pharisees considered Gentiles to be people from across the tracks. They were the common people. The Pharisees used them as a personal standard so they could always look good in comparison to one of them.

Jesus told a parable that had some lost things in it. It goes from the least, the sheep, then the coin, and then to the greatest, the sons. We perk up our ears when someone tells us they have lost something; a treasured pet, a diamond, a son or daughter. He hooked them and us. Let's listen and see how the story turns out.

The punch line to this story is the elder brother. The Scribes and Pharisees agreed with Jesus until the elder brother ap ...

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