I started attending a Sunday school class today at my church on the so-called "Parable of the Prodigal Son". As Tim Keller helpfully points out in his book of the title of this blog entry, the parable should really be called "the Parable of the Two Lost Sons". Both the younger and elder brothers were 'lost' in this story. The younger one's sins were more obvious and he returned to the Father who welcomed him with a feast. The older brother was lost like the Pharisees and those seeking to find life through 'moral conformity' of our day, but did not realize it. The Father's invitation to the elder brother to come to the feast was open to him despite his disrespect towards his father. But then the story ends, leaving the outcome to the decision of the Pharisees and to other 'elder brothers' sinc that time.
I'm beginning to see more of how powerful this familiar parable is. I'm about a third of the way through Keller's book and am finding it a riveting read.
Maybe, I'll post more on this.