The parable of the prodigal son gives us great insight into the gospel, and how the gospel of Jesus stands in contrast to much of what we know about ‘religion.’ Rebellion can take on different forms. In a hard-hitting fashion, Jesus helps us to see that aiming to be “good enough” can actually be a form of rebellion. In fact, the notion that we must be “good enough” can not only lead to distance from God, but it can lead to anger and disconnection from God. This is so counter-intuitive. The gospel is radical in the sense that it confounds many of our assumptions. In Jesus story about a prodigal son, there is an older brother who we discover is also out of fellowship with the father – but for a very different reason than the younger son at the beginning of the story. This week we consider the portion of the story related to the older son.
Pastor Tim Haugen