A RELIGIOUS DEATH SENTENCE

10182017 Wednesday

“But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found” (Luke 15:32).

Two very different siblings are described in the parable. One brings nothing to the table but brokenness and a repentant heart. The other presents a pedigreed religious performance. Unexpectedly, the one with no credentialed merits to offer finds life, while the proudly entitled elder son stands on the outside looking in; living the horrifically slow death of anger, bitterness, resentment, and self-loathing. Great faith never arises from the religiously established, but from a quagmire of human despair from which the cross would emerge.

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