Read passage here: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15%3A11-32&version=NIV
OR -- turn in your Bible to Luke 15:11-32
There was a man who had two sons, and he gave them an inheritance. The younger son decided to go away, and he fell into a life of wickedness. When he realized that the world was not as appealing as it had seemed, he decided to return to his father; upon returning, he asked to be a servant in his father's house to pay his father back for what he had done. His father accepted him joyfully and called for a feast, but his older brother resented the fact that his father had been so gracious to the wayward son. He felt that he deserved to be punished instead of welcomed.
*The father in the story represents God.
*The younger son represents the lost person.
*The feast represents the joy in the heavenly realms when a sinner returns to God.
*The older brother represents the cold, self-righteous Christian who resents God's compassion on a wicked person.