The older brother represents the self-righteous Pharisees and scribes.
They were all a million miles from home IN THEIR HEARTS.
1. They lacked compassion.
We cannot be right with the Father and wrong with a brother who is right with the father.
2. They lacked conviction.
Is rebellious or religious pride the worst?
A– Religious. Rebels at least know they are wrong.
All who catch a glimpse of God's glory are overwhelmed by THEIR OWN sin!
3. They lacked clarity.
Neither really knew or understood the heart of their Father.
The question for us all is "Who is Jesus?"
The religious crowd's view of Jesus = He is not God and does not speak for us, God, or our religion.
Sons and Daughters of God love their Father AND what their Father loves!