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The Forgotten Son

 

Warren Wiersbe noted that there are three sons in the Parable of the Prodigal Son: the elder son, the younger son, and the eternal Son, Jesus Christ, who told the parable. Wiersbe provided this comparison between the younger son and the eternal Son:
  • Both were beloved of their father.
  • Both left home.
  • Both were lavish in their spending. The younger son wasted his inheritance. The eternal Son was not wasteful; however, He did freely give all that He had.
  • Both became poor. The younger son became poor by making bad choices. The eternal Son became poor for our sakes (2 Corinthians 8:9).
  • Both became servants. The younger son served reluctantly. The eternal Son willingly became a servant (Philippians 2:5-8).
  • Both were forsaken. Although the younger son was never forsaken by his father, he was forsaken by the “friends” he made in the far country. In like manner, Jesus was forsaken by His friends (Mark 14:50) and His Father (Mark 15:33-34). He was forsaken that we might be accepted.
  • Both were welcomed home again.

Wouldn’t you agree that the third son involved in this parable is the most important of all?

Wade Webster, Southaven, Mississippi 

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