The Parables of Jesus

The parables of Jesus offer incredible insight into the life that Christ desires for us to live.  When you study about Jesus in the gospels, you will learn that Jesus employed a variety of different styles in His teachings.

  • Sometimes Jesus taught in the form of a lecture.  For example, Jesus preached what is known as the Sermon on the Mount that spans Matthew chapters 5,6, and 7.
  • Sometimes Jesus taught by using a person or object as an illustration.  You can find an example of this style when taught a lesson on humility.  It was in Matthew 18.4 that Jesus placed a child in the middle of His disciples and said, “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
  • Sometimes Jesus taught simply by opening up a Bible and explaining what the passages meant.  After Jesus was resurrected, He approached two men who were walking on the road on their way to Emmaus.  After a brief conversation, Jesus opened up the Bible and taught them.  Luke 24.27:  “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
  • Sometimes Jesus taught by telling a story and then draw comparisons from elements of the story to real life.  The Bible calls these parables.

What are the parables of Jesus?  Parables are when you take ordinary objects or familiar scenes and draw life lessons from them.  The word "parable" comes from a Greek word that carries the idea of placing something side by side for the purpose of drawing a comparison.  

Jesus taught by parables because people had become dull of hearing.  Parables were a way to help us become better listeners and understand better the spiritual truths Jesus wanted us to know. 

Parables of Jesus:
A List of Parables

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