I hope you have been enjoying our Prodigal God journey. Every time I read and study Luke 15 I see things I had never seen before. So it has been enriching for me. We are now reaching the climax of the 3 stories Jesus told. The lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost younger son, so they all describe the ways the “tax collectors and sinners” crowding around Jesus ended up far from God. Some wandered away a nibble at a time; a choice here, a decision there and they ended up lost. Others were mishandled, neglected, used and abused by someone and they ended up feeling very worthless and lost. Some are rebellious sons and daughters who do not want to have a relationship with God and so they go their own independent way. But now Jesus turns His attention to His intended audience; the Pharisees and teachers of the Law. He will tell them (and us) of an elder brother who was angry, judgmental, and just as lost as his younger rebellious brother. A brother who was lost in his on self-righteousness, who never felt like he had done enough to pleased his father, who slaved for years but never felt the intimacy of a love relationship. Of all the characters of Luke 15 this is the one I most identify with. For I, by birth order and upbringing, am a perfect elder brother. And the way of grace hasn’t been the easiest thing for me to learn. So join us for the concluding weeks as we look at a lost elder brother, a beseeching father and a table spread for us all.