In the parable of the tenants, recorded in Mark Chapter 12, Jesus confronted the Jewish leaders with their rejection of him as the Messiah. The parable challenges everyone to consider how we respond to the good news of the gospel. Have we believed and come to Christ in faith? Or are we being hardened by hearing, but remaining unconverted?
The question “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” is adequately answered only in the Gospel of God’s redeeming grace – through faith in Jesus’ righteousness, not our own. As Christians grow to know and love God more fully, we grow in love for our neighbors as well.
What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? Do we have a clear idea or do we sometimes just “go along with the crowd?” In Luke 8 Jesus utilizes an earthly story that has a heavenly meaning by telling a parable about seeds and soil. Hearing God’s Word and taking it to heart are two different things, and perseverance in faith is paramount to hearing, retaining and being responsive to God’s Word in our Christian walk.
“Were you even listening?” Sometimes we get ourselves in trouble because we don’t remember or comprehend what we’ve been told. Even though Jesus used parables to help His listeners understand who He was and why He came, some missed the message. In one parable, Jesus explains the direct correlation between how carefully we listen to the Word of God and the benefits we gain or forfeit.
Great stories can inspire us and impact our lives. Jesus often used short stories, or parables, to help His listeners understand greater truths. The first parable Jesus told was the key to understanding all of the rest. As Jesus describes the scene of a farmer sowing seeds in a variety of soils, He is illustrating the different responses that individuals have to hearing Biblical truth. This parable challenges us to acknowledge our own response to God’s Word and its ultimate fruitfulness, or lack thereof, in our lives.
There are no group rates or special gates to enter the Kingdom of God. It is based entirely on our personal faith in Christ. Though large crowds of people witnessed Jesus’ miracles and listened to His words, not all would accept the invitation to enter the Kingdom. Each person heard the same message and was given the same opportunity. Some went to hear a Galilean carpenter and met their Messiah and King. Others walked away unbelieving. Jesus’ desire, then and now, is growing the kingdom of God one person at a time through faith in Him.
Jesus once told a story of two men – one rich, one poor. In life they were opposites: one with health and power, the other a malnourished beggar. But after death, their story gives us a glimpse into the state of their souls. Join Alistair Begg for an insightful look at the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus.
Chapter 15 is at the very heart of Luke’s gospel. Luke tells us that the tax collectors and so-called sinners had gathered round to hear Jesus, but that those known as religious men, the Pharisees and teachers of the law, were not paying much attention. Jesus ends Chapter 14 with this instruction; "He who has ears, let him hear." Clearly most of us have ears, so He is really encouraging all those who are listening to pay very close attention to what He is saying. It is striking, therefore, that those who were listening intently were the kind of people ...
Genuine Christian kindness is not passive, or simply not doing people any harm. Alistair Begg reminds us that instead, genuine Christian kindness is shown in extravagant gestures of self-sacrifice toward all men, including those who are not particularly attractive in our sight. When this kind of love is demonstrated, it often softens hearts to receive the gospel with gladness.
Series: Belief And Behavior, Volume 3