25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
-The story of the Prodigal Son has been a go-to source for teaching love and forgiveness for generations. We are all aware of the Prodigal’s fall into depravity and the father’s gracious forgiveness, but don’t stop before you read the rest of the story. Remember, Jesus started His story with, “A certain man had two sons:” (Luke 15:11) If the first son was careless and impetuous, the other son is prideful and bitter. But the father, having just dealt with the former son, still has grace and mercy left over for the other son. For me, the best line in the whole story is in verse 28, “[The son] was angry and would not go in: therefore came his father out.” This perfectly sums up God’s perspective towards man. When we refused to go to Him, for certain “there is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:11), God Himself came out and became our Savior.