The Parables of Jesus and the Kingdom of God
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What is a parable?
A parable is a special kind of story that helps us imagine something we’ve never heard of before or helps us think about something in a new way. Often a parable does this by comparing that new thing with something we already know.
Oftentimes, parables help us see one part of what is a much bigger picture. We could say a parable is like a jigsaw puzzle piece that when it gets put together with other pieces, forms a bigger picture. (We just came up with our first parable—A parable of parables!)
Why did Jesus tell stories that are parables?
Jesus used parables to help his friends understand things that aren’t easy to describe or understand. Using parables to help describe something also lets us talk about it in many different ways so that it can make sense to many different people. Some of these stories help us understand about the importance of having faith, being thankful for what we have, and treating others with kindness and compassion. Jesus also wanted his followers to know that God loves each and every one of us. No matter what.
What is the Kingdom of God?
Jesus spoke to his disciples about a special place, but it was not like the place they lived in. It was not like any place they had ever visited or even heard of. It is a place where God is in charge —not parents or principals or presidents or even queens and kings—only God. It is a place of joy and peace and where there is only one rule: Love—that we love God and that we love one another. No matter what.
Jesus called this place the Kingdom of God.