Summary: The story of the older son is perhaps the more important one for the church. He’s the Party pooper. Jesus didn’t just blab on after the main story was over

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As they turn to Luke 15 - give overview:

-The Parable of the Lost Sheep

-The Parable of the Lost Coin

-The Parable of the Lost Sons – Starting at verse 11

Abbreviate or have them abbreviate the first half of the story.

-Younger – wanted inheritance – Dad you’re dead to me

-WHERE? Far Country – Not in the Father’s TOWN

-Squandered wealth -

-Fed pigs – disgrace for a jew

-Came to senses

-walked home – Repentance

-Father Ran to the son - Forgiveness

-Killed the calf - lost and found!!! – Celebration



That’s the end of the parable right?


Party Pooper -

Don’t be a party pooper

I don’t want to minimize the forgiveness that is being shared with the first son, but we are simply saying that Jesus is wordy by blabbing on about the older son who nobody cares about.

This evening we will focus on the OLDER BROTHER.

The two sons show that there are two ways to be LOST!

a. One sinned AWAY from home, the other sinned AT home.

b. One was lost in MILES, the other in COLDNESS.

c. One sinned outwardly, the other inwardly

d. One feels he is not worthy of the Father’s love because of wild living

One feels he is worthy of the Father’s love because of slaving


If anyone asked the townspeople about the older brother they would say, He is the better son.

Some would probably add, That wonderful Father has one bad son who broke his heart and an older son who is a fine, hard working, loyal, and respectable young man.


Let’s Look at verse 28 & see some of his attributes

LK 15:28 "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.

-in the field – hard worker

-ANGRY – and wouldn’t go in – he was party pooping

Let me ask you, as people who are sitting in a church on a Sunday night when it is 10 degrees outside – who might most of you need to identify with & learn from

Let’s pay attention to the Older Son. We might need to see if we identify with any of his faults.

-Didn’t want to be involved in a party at his own house

-Deprives himself of eating good food.

How careful we must not be to get angry when new people come back to God!

How we miss out on nourishment at the party when we don’t love our brother.

The Father

- this is the same father who spotted his son far away, and hugged him

- went out and pleaded with the son who was near.

[29] But he answered his father, `Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.

-Look! – Lo! = He doesn’t realize that he is not the one who isn’t seeing clearly.

-All these years – God doesn’t care how long your relationship has existed, he cares how is exists now.

-“NEVER” disobeyed your orders – (he was right now)


British General James Oglethorpe, founder of the colony of Georgia, bluntly told John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church, "Preacher, I never forgive." Wesley replied, "Then, sir, I hope you never sin." If we harbor an unforgiving, "older brother" attitude we cannot be in fellowship with God.

-“You never gave” – Yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends - Perhaps God does not usually give much joy to those who never felt the sorrows of repentance. – This was the occasion for celebration and merriment

30] But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

-Separates himself with his brother: “this son of yours” – verse 30

-He hasn’t come to understand the FATHER/SON relationship. He looks at himself as being a SLAVE to his FATHER, and not as a SON- v. 29.

-He has been trying to earn his love as a slave, but he doesn’t realize that he is a son & love is given freely

-He makes a assumption about the younger son. “harlots/prostitutes”

He accuses God of having favorites

Instead of FORGIVING, he CONDEMNs.

Instead of REJOICING, he POUTs.

LK 15:31 " `My son,’ the father said, `you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

The Father Calmly responds

Everything I have is yours – Nothing will be taken from you because he has come home.

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