“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'” Luke 15:31&32
Full story Luke 15:11:32
This story people usually focus on the younger son who squandered everything but, the man had two sons. He loved them both.
At the point in the story that the younger son came home the Man had nothing. He gave everything to his two sons.Think about that for a moment. When the older son became hurt, your hear the words of a loving father. He says “you have always been with me”. The older son had never left. He stayed and did his duty faithfully to his father.
The next words are even more stunning.He says ” and Everything I have is yours.” You see the younger son wasn’t just coming home to the love of the father, but the mercy of a brother. The father had given all he had to his two sons.
Think about this picture. You see Jesus was telling of himself as the older brother.Faithful to the work of the Father,and it is by his mercy that we can come home. We see this very thing happen in the Garden as Jesus prayed.”Let this cup pass from me.Not my will but your be done.”
We have the mercy of Jesus for our sins. The bibles says that while we were still sinners Christ dies for us.If you have never given your life to him I encourage you today, to come to the love of a Father and the mercy of Jesus.