Why did Jesus speak in parables? This is what we’ll answer in this sermon.
At the beginning of the chapter, Matthew tells us that many people gathered around Jesus.
And Jesus started to speak to them in parables.
Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
– Jesus Christ
This is a very important quote!
Why did Jesus speak in parables?
But before we get to that, why did Jesus speak to the people in parables?
This question was also asked by the disciples.
Jesus explained it to them.
He said that while the disciples knew the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, others did not.
Jesus knew that it’s hard to understand, so he uses parables when speaking to the people.
And we think that’s a great way of planting the seed of God in the hearts of every listener!
It sends them on the journey, at the end of which is the realization that Jesus is Lord.
And the best of it: They reach that destination, that truth, without Jesus ever having to say it to them.
Jesus doesn’t need to go around saying “I’m Lord”.
He just SHOWS us that He is!
What does the parable of the sower mean?
Jesus then tells His disciples what the parable of the sower means.
Take the seeds that fell by the wayside: Those are the seeds that were received by someone who doesn’t understand the word of God and let the wicked one take away its glory.
He who receives the seed on the stone may receive it with joy as the godly message is beautiful, but how can a seed grow on the stone?
It can’t – there won’t be any roots.
Instead, the seed will die after a while.
Those seeds stand for those people who are happy to receive the word but don’t make anything out of it.
Those who turn their backs on Jesus, despite liking what He says.
Now there’s also the seed that falls to the thorns.
He who receives it there will forget it again, distracted by the deceitfulness of the world.
And the last kind is he who receives it on good soil.
Most of us fit into this category.
It is we, who hear and truly understand the word of God!
He who bears fruits.
He who treasures the kingdom of heaven AND produces new seeds, meaning he who spreads the word of God!
And this is something we already mentioned before: If we want to be good Christians, we worship God whenever we can.
If we want to be as close to God as we possibly can, we need to spread the kingdom of heaven!
Go and spread the word of God.
And when you do, make sure it falls on good soil.
Don’t let it fall by the wayside.
What do you think, when was the word of God planted in you? Let us know in the comments!
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