Jesus’s Work of Redirecting Anger
In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, we see the Father redirecting the older brother's anger onto himself. This is actually a recurring New Testament theme, r
evealing a part of God's work of peacemaking. This theme and its importance is perhaps most clearly seen in the joint stories of Jesus's interactions near Jericho in his way to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. He interacts with a blind man and with Zaccheus, in both cases redirecting the crowd's anger from these individuals and onto himself. These stories are dramatic examples of the costly love that Jesus extends to all people.