Jesus, all throughout his ministry, challenged both the crowds and his disciples to “see and hear.” To open their eyes to the presence of God in their midst, and to drop whatever is keeping them from joining Him in His work; whether it was a work inside their heart or out in their world.
Jesus’ life reveals to us what it’s like when God puts his faithful feet and healing hands upon our broken world. His life awakens us to God’s invitation to receive restoration, and his commissioning to become restorers.
Through his words and his actions, Jesus challenged and continues to challenge, both listener and follower to see and to hear; to rethink our thinking and practices in light of God breaking through. And one of the most profound ways Jesus did/does this is through his parable teachings.
Take for instance these words from an article published on PBS.com that was addressing the parables of Jesus. In the article, it states, “anyone who compares the parables in the Gospels with those in other sources is led to conclude that Jesus was a master of the genre, perhaps its most brilliant author ever. Even today parables, and in particular those of Jesus, remain among the most beautiful and memorable works in the history of literature.”
So, 2000 years later, people are still talking about the impact of Jesus’ parables, even on PBS.
In light of this, we'd love to invite you to join us this Sunday as we begin our new series: The Jesus Parables. The purpose of the series will be to take a deep dive into the parables of Jesus so that we can come to discover what his invitation is for us today.
Hope you can join us!