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The Sharia of Christ in the GOSPEL
C - WARNINGS AND PROMISES OF CHRIST IN HIS PARABLES
1. Parables According to Matthew
2. Parables According to Mark
3. Parables According to Luke
4. How Christ Reveals Himself According to John
The following verses of the Holy Bible, in this passage, describe the complete parables of Christ. The commands included in them are printed in bold letters that the reader may notice the commands and advices of Christ. As for the parables, which do not include commandments, we have quoted their sources and not the relevant text.
1. Parables According to Matthew
Matthew 13:1-9 (The sower and the four sorts of ground) -- 1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
(Verses on: He who has ears to hear, let him hear! -- Matthew 11:15, 13:188.8.131.52, Mark 4:9.23, Luke 8:8.10, 14:35, John 5:28, Revelation 2:184.108.40.206, 3:6.13.22, 13:9)
Matthew 13:10-17 (The purpose of parables) -- 10
And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" 11
He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12
For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14
And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; 15
for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.' 16
"But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17
for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Matthew 13:18-23 (The parable of the sower explained) -- 18
"Therefore hear the parable of the sower
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20
But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21
yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22
Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23
But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
Matthew 13:24-30 (The tares in the field of wheat) -- 24
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25
but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26
But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27
So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' 28
"He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' 29
"But he said, 'No
, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest
, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.
" ' "
Matthew 13:31-32 (The mustard seed)
(Mark 4:30-32, Luke 8:11
Matthew 13:33- 35 (The Leaven)
Matthew 13:44 (The hidden treasure)
Matthew 13:45-46 (The pearl of great price)
Matthew 13:47-53 (The dragnet)
Matthew 18:23-35 (The unforgiving servant) -- 23
Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24
And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25
But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26
The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' 27
"Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. 28
But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!' 29
"So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' 30
"And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31
So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32
Then his master, after he had called him
, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' 34
"And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35
So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."
Matthew 20:1-16 (The unified wages for all) -- 1
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2
Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3
And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4
and said to them, ' You also go into the vineyard
, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went. 5
Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6
And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day?' 7 "They said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said to them, ' You also go into the vineyard
, and whatever is right you will receive.' 8
"So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.' 9
"And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10
But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11
And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12
saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.' 13
"But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way.
I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15
Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?' 16
"So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen."
Matthew 21:28-32 (The two sons who differed in speech) -- 28
"But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard
"He answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and went. 30
Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go. 31
Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. 32
For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.
Matthew 21:33-46 (The wicked vinedressers) -- 33
"Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. 34
Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. 35
And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36
Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. 37
Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 38
"But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.' 39
"So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40
Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?" 41
They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons." 42
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? 43
"Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. 44
And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder." 45
Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. 46
But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet. (Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:9-19
Matthew 22:1-14 (The royal wedding feast) -- 1
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2
"The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3
and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4
Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding." ' 5
"But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6
And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7
But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8
Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9
Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding
"So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11
But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12
So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. 13
Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness
; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14
"For many are called, but few are chosen." (Luke 14:16-24
Matthew 24:45-51 (The faithful servant and the evil servant) -- 45
"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46
Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47
Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48
But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' 49
"and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50
the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51
and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Luke 12:41-46
Matthew 25:1-13 (The wise virgins) -- 1
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2
Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3
Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4
but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5
But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6
And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' 7
"Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8
And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9
"But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' 10
"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11
Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' 12
"But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' 13
, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Matthew 25:14-30 (The talents) -- 14 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' 21 "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' 22 "He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' 23 "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' 24 "Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.' 26 "But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
2. Parables According to Mark
Mark 4:26- 29 (The silent growing plants)
Mark 13:33-37 (The servants in charge of watching ) -- 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. 34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. 35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming -- in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning -- 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"
3. Parables According to Luke
Luke 7:41-43 (The two debtors forgiven) -- 41
There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42
And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?
Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged."
Luke 10:30-37 (The merciful Samaritan) -- 30
Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31
Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32
Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34
So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35
On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" 37
And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise.
Luke 11:5-13 (The importunate friend) -- 5
And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; 6
for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; 7
and he will answer from within and say, ' Do not trouble me
; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you'? 8
I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 9
"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11
If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12
Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"
Luke 12:16-21 (The rich fool) -- 16
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17
And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' 18
So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19
And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry
." ' 20
But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' 21
So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
Luke 13:6-9 (The barren fig tree) -- 6
He also spoke this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7
Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ' Look
, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down
; why does it use up the ground?' 8
But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9
And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.' "
Luke 14:7-11 (Humility recommended) -- 7 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: 8 When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; 9 and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ' Give place to this man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ' Friend, go up higher. ' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Luke 14:28-33 (Estimation before building)
Luke 15:4-7 (The lost sheep) -- 4
What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5
And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ' Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. (Matthew 18,10-14
Luke 15:8-10 (The lost coin) -- 8
"Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9
And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ' Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Luke 15:11-32 (The lost sons) -- 11
Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. 12
And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. 13
And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14
But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15
Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16
And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. 17
But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18
I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19
and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." ' 20
And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21
And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22
But the father said to his servants, ' Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24
for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. 25
Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26
So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27
And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' 28
But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29
So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30
But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' 31
And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad
, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "
Luke 16:1-9 (The unjust steward) -- 1
He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2
So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship
, for you can no longer be steward.' 3
"Then the steward said within himself, 'What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4
I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.' 5
So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' 6
And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, ' Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.
Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, ' Take your bill, and write eighty.
So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. 9
And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon
, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.
Luke 16:19-31 (The rich man and Lazarus) -- 19
"There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20
But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21
desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22
So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23
And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24
Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' 25
But Abraham said, ' Son, remember
that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26
And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.' 27
Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, 28
for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' 29
Abraham said to him, ' They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' 31
But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' "
Luke 17:7-10 (We useless servants) -- 7
And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit down to eat'
But will he not rather say to him, ' Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me
till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink'? 9
Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. 10
So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.'"
Luke 18:1-8 (The unjust judge and the persistent widow) -- 1
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart
saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3
Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' 4
And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5
yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.' " 6
Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. 7
And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8
I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?
Luke 18:9-14 (The Pharisee and the tax collector)
4. How Christ Reveals Himself According to John
The disciple, whom Jesus loved, described to us the unfathomable love of Christ, and his complete divinity in simple words. He emphasized the complete authority of Jesus that we might understand that he is the only way to the Father, and see that Jesus’ testimonies about himself were often founded on the name Jehovah ‘I AM WHO I AM’. Jesus introduced himself to his people as the incarnate Lord. He said he is:
John 6:35 -- I am the bread of life.
He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
John 8:12 -- I am the light of the world.
He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
John 10:9 -- I am the door
(to the sheep). If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
John 10:11.14.27-28 -- 11 I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. … 14 I am the good shepherd
; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. … 27
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. 30
I and My Father are one.
John 11:25-26 -- 25 I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26
And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?
John 14:6 -- I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 15:5 -- I am the vine
, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
John 18:37 --
Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king
. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
Revelation 1:17-18 -- 17 … I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
He, who penetrates deeply into the testimonies of Jesus, hears the call to live with him in the eternal life. We do not find in these precious pearls of the Holy Bible any orders, commandments, or imperative advices, for each one of these words is greater than an order and contains the summons to live with the Son of God and His Father. Whoever does not hear or accept such invitations must be deaf, a fool, or blind.
Jesus was an excellent storyteller. He spoke the language of the people and expressed their innermost feelings, becoming a farmer to the farmers, a fisher to the fishers, and a trader to the traders. He understood all the representatives of professions in their innermost being, filled with experiences. The parables, which Jesus spoke, were illustrations or incidents taken from the daily life of farmers, fishers, men, women, sinners, and righteous people. He did not speak above their heads, but used the language of the people in a holy way. Jesus did not teach the people an affected, boring doctrine, nor did he offer them complicated beliefs, but guided the people with his parables that they might think carefully and contemplate. He did not ask them to make their decision through violent or gentle commands, but he spiritually lead them, step by step, until they understood themselves, repented, knew the Son of God, and believed in him. He did not put befor them a philosophical science, but suggested to them that they should move intellectually and behave positively or negatively. He did not force anyone to believe, but opened their ears, their eyes, and their hearts that they might become sighted and aware of their salvation.
Jesus testified publicly that he was obliged to speak in parables to the majority of the people, for if he had spoken in a scholarly, theological way, they would not have understood the truth, or known the Son and the Father. Their interior was closed, and stony. What a blessing it is to those who can think spiritually, see spiritually, and hear spiritually! So let us seek such privilege for our friends, and ourselves, and rather ask insistently to be spiritually awake and cautious. Jesus beatifies whoever hears his Gospel and understands it in its essence.
In his preaching to those who were far away from faith, Jesus described different persons in his parables, put suitable words in their mouths, and formed thoughts and words for those persons, each according to his own situation, that they might understand themselves and their intents. Sometimes, he did not include the essence of his Gospel and the designs of God in his words, but he specified for some of them their role to bring out their evil things that he might unveil them, and they might condemn themselves through parables from daily life.
In his parables, Jesus did not only describe corrupt and bad morals, but he also revealed the faithful servants: how they work for their Lord’s pleasure. The parable of the lost son is called the golden chapter in the Holy Bible, for it shows the goodness of the heavenly Father, and his patience with the lost sons. Jesus gave reality to the words of Daniel the prophet who testified: Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)