Central Christian Church Lampasas
Parables: A Lost Son Returns Home Part II
Pastor Nathan explores Parables Jesus told in Matthew and Luke.
Locations & Times
  • Central Christian Church
    204 S Broad St, Lampasas, TX 76550, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Sunday, August 14th
Aug 14th — Board Meeting

Aug 17th — Women’s Wednesday 6 PM

Aug 20th - Men’s Breakfast 8 AM

Aug 25th - 29th -- Compassion Experience in Harker Heights. It is a free exhibit that replicates life in a developing country. If you would like to go as a group let D'Ann know by the 17th. More information can be found www.facebook.com/compassionexperience

Aug 27th - Gospel Night with Sam Shurtleff 6 PM

Sept 11th — Patriot’s Day Prayer Service 6 PM

Sept 25th -- Operation Christmas Child Kickoff. Guest Speaker Kathy Dutton

Oct 24th — Women’s More Event

Oct 31st - Neighborhood Block party

The Older Brother

* His whole attitude shows that his years of obedience to his father had been years of grim duty and not of loving service.

* His whole attitude is one of utter lack of sympathy. He refers to his brother, not as my brother but as your son.

What if God had written off Moses for being too old or David for being too young? What if Jesus had not seen the potential in a group of fisherman or if Boaz had discriminated against Rachel for being a foreigner? What if Jesus had not given Peter a second chance after denying him three times or Paul a second chance after he brutally persecuted Christians?

There are those who are lost as was this elder son:
* His type is seldom counted as lost, either by himself or others.
* He is not away in the distant land among swine as is the case with his prodigal brother, although he is just as lost.
* He is in an environment that is wholesome and clean.
* He was a worker.

The elder brother did have respectable virtues. Socially he had not brought reproach upon his father. He had resisted all temptation to physical dissipation.
* He was industrious and thrifty.
* He despised slothfulness. He was the enemy of extravagance.
* His conduct created no scandal.
* He was the enemy of moral laxity.
* He did not gamble.
* He condemned lawlessness.
* He required himself to abhor immorality.
* He was entitled to all the credit that was due him.

The Older Brother's Inquiry
This elder brother had missed the high qualities in his father's life. He simply could not understand his father's patience, forbearance, and grief over the younger brother's absence from the home. His heart had become so frozen by selfish conceit that he lacked understanding or compassion.

His brother was a notorious sinner; he himself was righteous. His brother deserved nothing except to be abused and upbraided; he deserved to be praised and honored. He was an utter stranger to what his brother had suffered because of his sin. The older brother reminds us of the Pharisee in the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.

The Older Brother's Indignation
He is absolutely out of sympathy with both his father and his brother. His father grieves over the fact that his younger son is in the far country. But this elder brother does not grieve. His being away is to him a matter of no importance whatever. Then when the prodigal returns his father rejoices greatly. But there is no joy on the part of this industrious son. He has no love for the father nor for his brother.

Notice His Instruction
It is interesting to note that of the seven deadly sins of tradition, four are of the mind and spirit and three pertain to the flesh. It was the sins of the flesh: lust, gluttony, and sloth that overwhelmed the prodigal.

It was the sins of the spirit: pride, covetousness, envy, and anger that took captive the elder brother. They are sins perhaps more deadly than the sins of the flesh.

These sins of the spirit are born of a conceit that makes all desires seem righteous and good. In the end they are repelled by the sins of others and proud of their own.

The sins of the spirit are insidiously scandalous. They easily deceive the public and those who are in their power into thinking either that they are harmless, or, as a matter of fact, they are most desirable. It is difficult to awaken such sinners to a realization of their sin.

Thus both sons had revolted against their father, the younger from parental control, the elder from parental love. Each wanted the same thing: to have his own way.

The elder brother judged his brother. It is such an easy trap for us to fall into when we look down upon others.

We sometimes criticize others unfairly. We don't know all their circumstances, nor their motives. Only God, who is aware of all the facts, is able to judge people righteously.

1. Cost both fellowship with the Father.
2. Cost both freedom -- ironic, that's what he left to find. Ended up a slave. The one who stayed home was a slave to his own desires.
3. Cost them everything – the younger spent all. The older never enjoyed what he had.
Prov. 22:8, "The one who sows injustice will reap disaster." Sow iniquity, reap vanity.

He came to himself. Before that, he was out of his mind. Sin had distorted his vision, clouded his mind. Sin is insanity. This same irrationality characterized the older brother.

As long as man is away from God, he is not really himself. Only himself when he is on his way home.

The older brother never came back. The younger did.

1. He recognized his desperate condition.
2. Recognized father's sufficiency.
3. Determination to return.
4. Reception of the Father.
5. Confession of the son.

The ordinary slave was in some sense a member of the family, but the hired servant could be dismissed at a day's notice. He was not one of the family at all. So he came home; and, according to the best Greek text, his father never gave him the chance to ask to be a servant. He broke in before that.

That robe stands for honor; the ring stands for authority, for if a man gave to another his signet ring it was the same as giving him the power of attorney; the shoes stand for a son as opposed to a slave, for children of the family were shod and slaves were not.

Robe, ring, and royal sandals await the lost one. These three things answer exactly the prayer which he meant to have prayed.

1. The robe is the answer to "I have sinned."
2. The ring is the answer to "I am no more worthy to be called thy son."
3. The sandals constitute the answer to "make me one of thy hired servants."

These symbols are Eastern. Put the robe on him, the robe that befits the father's house. The ring was the sign of relationship, of sonship. "Put a ring on this finger." He is my son. Give him the sign of sonship. Put shoes on his feet. The slave was never permitted to wear shoes. The badge of slavery was the absence of sandals.