Jesus, Good Samaritan, LEE discussed on Lutheran Hour
Gift in prayers Help the Lutheran our bring Christ to the nations and the nations to the church learned Maura at Lutheran, Our dog. Now, here's our speaker, Dr Michael Ziegler. You remember that story? The one about the Good Samaritan. Who saw the guy who had been mugged left for dead on the side of the road. Other people passed him by, but the Samaritan stopped and helped Or what about the story with the sun? The one who demanded that his father give him his inheritance. And then he took all that money, skipped town and wasted it on wild living, and then After he was dead broke. Returned to his father to see if he would somehow take him back. You don't have to be a religious person to recognize these stories, and those were just two of them. There are dozens and dozens more. Vivid, memorable stories about extravagant wedding banquets and lost sheep. And tiny seeds that earn 1000% return on investment. Stories have been speaking to people for generations. Sort of like how Pixar movies have spoken to this generation movies like Toy Story and Finding Nemo and up But these stories, the ones that I was mentioning they've been around for a couple of 1000 years. This kind of story is normally called up. Terrible operable is a story that aims to say something true about life. And these stories that I mentioned they all originate from one person. The most talked about person in human history. Jesus of Nazareth. So Why did you just tell parables? Well, who doesn't like a good story Stories connect Story can take something. Complicated and make it simple. All good communicators. Tell stories. So why wouldn't Jesus use them? But if we thought that Jesus Told stories on Lee to be an engaging communicator. Then it might be difficult for us to understand. What happened to him eventually. You know the whole crucifixion and all. See people who dedicate their lives to telling moving stories connecting with people and emotionally enriching their lives. They don't normally get the death penalty. Authors of the chicken soup for the Soul books end up on a seller lists, not death row. So Jesus with all his engaging and vivid stories. How did he end up getting crucified? Before we try to answer that. How about we let Jesus speak for himself? Listen to some of his parables recorded in one of his biographies in the New Testament, the Gospel according to Mark, and as you Listen, Ask yourself Why did Jesus tell parables? It starts like this. Again. Jesus went out and began teach beside the Sea of Galilee. And a giant crowd. Began to gather around him so that he got into a boat. And stationed himself out on the sea. And the whole crowd was on the shore facing the sea. And he began to teach them many things. In parables. And in his teaching, he was saying, Listen, look. The farmer. Went out to sow his seed. And it happened. As he was sewing. Some of the seed fell along the path. The birds came and gobbled it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it did not have much earth. And straight way it sprang up because thier Earth was shallow. And when the sun came up It was scorched. And since it had no root, it withered. Other seed fell into the weeds, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it produced no grain. And other seeds fell into the good or the rich earth, and they proceeded to produce grain growing and increasing and bearing in one case, 30 times more in another case, 60 and in another case, 100 times more than what was sown. And he continued to say Whoever has ears. To here. Listen. And when he was alone. Those who were around him. Along with the 12, the 12 disciples began to ask him about the parables. He said to them. To you. Is already given the mystery of the rule and reign of God. To those on the outside. It's all in parables. So that they are looking and they look If they do not see And they are hearing and they hear They do not understand otherwise. Day would turn And be forgiven. And he continued to say to them. Do you not understand this terrible How then, will you understand all of the parables? The farmer is sowing the word. Some people are like those along the path where the word is being song. When they hear Satan the adversary straight way comes and takes away the word that was sewn into them. Others are like those sewn on the rocky ground. They're the ones who, when they hear the word straightaway, receive it with excitement. But since they have no root in themselves, they endure on Lee for a while. When trouble comes or persecution because of the word straight way they stumble and fall. Others air like those sown among the thorns. They're the ones who have heard the word. With the cares of this present age. Deceitfulness of wealth. And the desires that come in with everything else..