The Lost Sons:
The Lost Older Son
The parable of the Lost Son ( Luke 15: 11-32) is one of the most famous parables in all of scripture. And while traditionally, we have taught and focused on the lost younger son, on examining the text we find that we do not only have one lost son, but two lost sons. See while the younger son (the self-indulgent one) is alienated from his father by disobeying all the rules, the older son (self-righteous) is also alienated from his father by obeying all the rules. In the end, both sons are lost. But yet, in a remarkable story of grace, we see a loving father relentlessly pursuing both sons and welcoming them home.