Jesus taught with parables. Depending who is counting, the number of Jesus’ parables varies from 35 to 55.
Here are 14 of the parables we are most familiar with –
The Good Samaritan
The Speck and the Log
The Rich Man and Lazarus
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
The Ten Talents
The Laborers in the Vineyard
The Lost Sheep
The Pearl of Great Price
The Mustard Seed
The Weeds and the Wheat
The Lost Coin
The Parable of the Sower
The Rich Fool
The Prodigal Son
The parables are not meant to pat us on the back, but to give us a kick in the pants. They are not intended to comfort us, but to challenge us and change us. Parables speak out against the status quo.
Parables are demonstrators waving signs of protest, speaking out against our ways of thinking, our traditional ways of experiencing and obeying God.
Thanks to Shelby Cohron for the picture.
Spend some time this week reflecting and meditating on these parables. Which of these parables wind up giving YOU a kick in the pants?
THE LOVE OF JESUS ALWAYS HELPS YOU TO SEE BEYOND THE FAULTS OF OTHERS!!