The Parables of Jesus and the End Times

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A parable is defined as an earthly story with a heavenly message. Jesus frequently used parables as a means of exemplifying insightful, divine truths. The insightful stories are easily remembered, the characters are usually bold, and the representation rich in significance. “A parable is meant to arrest the hearer or reader in such a way that he or she must think of things in a new and unaccustomed manner” (Cunningham & Kelsay, 2013). Jesus used these parables as a harbinger of the apocalypse and incorporated many common situations to induce a thought provoking response to the truths He was trying to teach. However, the truth was not always received with welcome ears. On the other hand, for those who hungered for the word of God, the truth was a blessing and a comfort. The simple and engaging parable type of story from the gospel of Luke called The Prodigal Son is about a wayward son who squanders his inheritance but returns home to a forgiving father and a scornful older brother. In this parable the father who is an unfaltering and forgiving is a representation of the unfaltering love of God the father. When Jesus told the story in His time, the lost younger son was a representation of the sinners or tax collectors while the older son becomes the self-absorbed Pharisees. I think there are two messages in the parable and one is just as important as the other. There is a joyous conversion of a sinner but there is also a restoration of a believer with a closer fellowship with God. Throughout this story the father of the two sons remained a giving and loving father with a strong spirit of forgiveness. When the younger son asks for his inheritance, which at that time was his right to do, it was as if he were saying he wante... ... middle of paper ... ...had been cast in stone, I would try to reach out to those who did not know Jesus as their savior. I would pray with them and speak of His everlasting love and forgiveness. Therefore, I would not live much differently than I do now. If I had to picture that day of reckoning I see the heavens open up with a bright but not blinding light. It would be the warmest comforting feeling of joy with the end of restless anxiety. I see Jesus passing by smiling at me with a touch of His hand I will feel a love that I have never experienced before. He will motion me into heaven into God’s open embrace just as a prodigal daughter coming home. Works Cited Cunningham, L., & Kelsay, J. (2013). The Sacred Quest An invitation to the sutdy of religion (sixth ed.). Boston: Pearson Education. Kreeft, P. (1988). Fundamentals of the Faith. San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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