The Prodigal Son
In continuing with the theme of the celebration in God's kingdom upon the salvation of every sinner, Jesus recounts the parable of the prodigal son. The elder son's response to the celebrations is moot in this context. His grievances are:
1. I worked like a slave for you (the father)
2. I never disobeyed you
3. You didn't even give me a young goat to celebrate with my friends
4. You are now celebrating the return of the son who squandered your wealth by abominable living.
I wonder why he never received a young goat for celebrating with his friends. The father in this parable is very much the epitome of a loving father. Could it be because the older son never asked him? In Matthew 7:7, Jesus tells us that we need to ask, seek and find. If we compare the gifts given by this earthly father to the gift of salvation and the anointing of the Holy Spirit by our Heavenly Father, the essence of this parable is immediately revealed.
There is no point in slaving for God and following all his commandments inorder to receive salvation, if we don't believe that our Father loves us and if don't have the confidence to ask him for the best of gifts, i.e the gift of salvation and the consequential anointing of the Holy Spirit . The sinner who realizes his mistake and returns to his father's house believing in his father's love is reconciled to his father and receives these gifts. The self-righteous who try to work their way to eternity and who fail to understand this simple truth about God's love and His gift of salvation are left feeling disappointed and grudge the "sinners" their joy, just like the older brother of the prodigal son.
Lord Jesus, I thank you for the truths that are revealed in the parables you told so long ago. Help me to recognize my flaws and come back to you for redemption, and help me to lead a Godly life through the empowering grace of your Holy Spirit, amen.