Lost (not the TV show)

I’m a huge fan of Lost, but that’s not what this post is about. It is about the parables in Luke 15, which is part of my Bible reading plan for today.

In this chapter, Jesus tells 3 parables. In the parable of the lost sheep, the shepherd goes out to search for the missing animal. In the parable of the lost coin, the woman turns her house inside-out to find it. In the parable of the lost son… no one goes looking for him. Why not? Whose job was it?

Why? Jesus was making a point. In verse 2, we read of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttering about Jesus’ conduct. Whose job was it? The elder brother’s. The parable is really about two lost sons, not just one. The younger was lost because of his badness, and the elder because of his goodness. The elder brother considered himself to be religiously and morally superior to his sibling and did not deem it worth his while to go find his profligate brother and bring him home.

But, but… We have a true elder brother. One who did not just travel to a distant country, but who came all the way from His Father’s right hand. One who did not think it unbecoming to join us in the pig-sty, but shared our humanity (Heb 2:14).  One who spared no expense in bringing us back home, to the point of laying down His life (John 10:11). One who invites us to the greatest feast of all time—the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Thank God for our true elder brother, Jesus Christ!

Source: Tim Keller