Welcome to our ongoing series, I DARE YOU. This is our look at the unique parables of Jesus Christ from the four Gospels found in the New Testament. Once a week, we will examine one of Christ’s stories and let his challenge to his first century audience speak to us now and provoke us to live in the Kingdom of God better, more fully, more whole heartedly. We see these parables as dares to step outside of the norm of the world and enter into what God has for us. We hope that you will be likewise challenged and that you will take the dare to live a more Christlike, Kingdom of God focused life.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son may be one of the most well known of Jesus’ parables. The story of how a young man asked for his share of his still living father’s inheritance and then squandered it is a story that most Christians could require from heart.
Rather than go over this well trod parable, and in particular the prodigal son (this time, we might come back to this parable), we’ll look at the elder son. The one who stayed home is just as important to the story as the one that left, and his actions and dialogue can teach us many things.
It is the actions of the elder son that I want us to look at, and see how Jesus is challenging us, daring us to realize what we have or have access to as children of God.