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John MacArthur The Prodigal Son. This elder son had no better relationship with his father than the Prodigal did when he first left home.. Matthew 26:29 (NIV). - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • John MacArthurThe Prodigal Son This elder son had no better relationship with his father than the Prodigal did when he first left home.

  • Matthew 26:29 (NIV)"I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom."

  • Revelation 19:9 (NIV)Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'"

  • The True Elder BrotherCampaign:A Tale of Two sons

  • Whats HappenedFather divided the wealthThe younger son leftHe lost everything & returned to be a worker Greeted by Fathers love he was received as a sonA celebration was ordered

  • Whats HappenedThe older son came backHe inquired about the celebrationHe refused to go inHis father pleaded with himA revealing exchange An open endinga question

  • ConnectionsFrom Kenneth E. BaileyThe list of parallel issues found in the two sonsThe theological content of the story

  • The AudiencesWithin the ParableOriginal AudienceWhat We Understand

  • The story gives fresh meaning into what it means to be lost

  • Luke 19:10 (NIV)For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.

  • But, a similar question is just as real for the younger son, How did he act at the banquet; the next day?The story ends with the question, Did the elder son (will I) go into the banquet?

  • The greater question may be, What do you believe about the fathers response to these two imagined choices?Who do you believe God is? What do you believe about Him?

  • John 15:9 (NIV)As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

  • Jesus, as aTrue Elder Brother

  • A True Elder BrotherLoves the father and his values (finds peace at home)Leaves home to find lost sons and daughtersWill give anything to find a lost brother or sisterHis greatest joy is reconciliation

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17b-18a (NIV)If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ

  • John 8:42 (NIV)"If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me."

  • Jesus The True Elder BrotherBy telling the story in a trilogy Jesus has implied that He is the missing character in this story. He left Fathers home to search for the lost son(s) (and daughters) and will pay any price to find them and bring them home.

  • Reconsider the man on the right in Rembrandts painting is he possibly the true elder brother?

  • John 15:9-12 (MSG)Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you'll remain intimately at home in my love. That's what I've done kept my Father's commands and made myself at home in his love.

  • John 15:9-12 (MSG)I've told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.

  • The True Elder BrotherCampaign:A Tale of Two sons