29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.
30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.
THE PRODIGAL SON – PART 2
As we looked at the prodigal son story yesterday we see the younger son who came home realizing he had been living wrong, and upon approaching his father said he was no longer worthy to be called his son. He was trying to get his worth from what he had done, not from who he was as this man’s son. The older son actually does the same thing, but instead of belittling himself, he exalts himself, doing just the opposite of the younger son.
The older son comes in from working and hears a party going on. He finds out his younger brother had come home and his dad was celebrating his return. The older son got angry and would not go inside. The father comes and pleads with him to come in and celebrate with them. The above verses reveal his response. He got angry, declaring he had never transgressed his father’s commands, and his father had never thrown a party for him, but the moment this wayward son came home he has a celebration.
This older son believed he deserved this because of what he had done, not because of who he was as a son to this father. His father responds and tells him that all he has belongs to his son. Why had this older son not enjoyed what was his by birthright? Because he was trying to earn what was already his. In the same way we don’t earn our worth and what belongs to us because of what we have or have not done. It is ours because we have been born into the family of God, and therefore is available to us by faith in who we now are in Christ Jesus.