When the prodigal son’s father held a feast to celebrate his return, the elder brother burned with anger. Feeling unappreciated and overlooked, he believed that his faithful service deserved recognition. The older son’s attitude reflects that of the Pharisees, as well as many today who depend on their works to earn them God’s kindness. As Alistair Begg highlights, where an impenitent brother sees the Father’s grace as unnecessary, a penitent son understands his desperate need.
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