Our verse for today comes from Luke 15:32, ” It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found. “
I don’t know all that was said at the tomb when Lazarus emerged four days after he died. Likewise, there’s no way to know the full conversations that took place directly following Jesus’ resurrection. We have been privileged with some of the emotional words that were shared, but I am completely confident that much more was said by those in amazement than is recorded in scripture. However, one thing that I’m certain of in both instances is this. No one related to or emotionally involved with either of those men had to be convinced that it was a good thing that they had gone from dead back to alive. None of those involved were wondering if they should celebrate and rejoice that life had been restored to their lost loved one. It’s one of the all-time no-brainers. But it wasn’t so clear for the older brother of the prodigal. Sure, his wayward sibling had not spent several days in a grave. But considering the famine in the land and the absence of any communication from him since he left, it was safe to say he was considered all but dead.
But here he was again, back at home. And being celebrated, no less. The squanderer was now the honored. And the older brother didn’t get it. He certainly had a number of issues going on himself, but one of the main contributors to his ungratefulness was that he didn’t grasp the depth of his brother’s lostness. If he didn’t understand that his little brother had been, in a real sense, dead, then he might naturally be hesitant to celebrate his new life. But he had been very lost and very dead. And that was serious. It’s still serious today. Our straying and wandering and wading in the lukewarm water of weekly religion is very serious. It’s a lostness and a death that needs the reviving of the Holy Spirit. But being lukewarm can be extremely comfortable, projecting the sense that it’s miles from being lost or dead. But don’t be fooled. It’s serious, and it requires a Way and a Life. But it’s so right to celebrate the return from it.
As we seek Him today, don’t dismiss the gravity of the little things that try to chip away at your walk with Jesus. Don’t tolerate what will eventually leave you lost or dead.