One of our culture’s most beloved stories is a silly film called “The Princess Bride,” the tale of a brave hero and an equally brave princess who is pitted against an evil prince. But it is a story within a story, a fairy tale told by a grandfather to his sick and somewhat bored grandson.
In his gospel, the writer Matthew also tells a story within a story. In Matthew 13, Jesus relates a series of parables to a large and curious crowd which gathers around him. As Matthew explains, “Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables.” (Matthew 13:34 NLT) And just as the grandfather related truth about true love and honor and courage and goodness to his grandson, so Jesus was able to take these simple parables and relate truth to the crowds—and to us even today.
Beginning in June, we’ll take a look at the parables of Jesus in Matthew 13 and hopefully expand our view of what He meant when He referred to “the Kingdom of Heaven.” We encourage you to not miss a single week.
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