The Prodigal's Brother

Familiar indeed to Bible students is the prodigal son. Less noticed by most people is his brother, the elder son. But Jesus included them both in his parable.

This parable begins with the story of the younger son, who took his inheritance to a distant land and squandered it in extravagant and sinful living. Later, sincerely repentant, he decided to return home and ask his father's forgiveness. The father, gratified at this reformation, received him compassionately, even ordering a celebration.

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