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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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01/26/2009

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Teaching With Authority


"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6).

So why are Jesus' "stories" (parables) so much better than mine? I'm fairly intelligent and a bit clever. The answer lies in just WHO Jesus is. As the Son of God, Jesus taught with all the authority of the Father. His teachings are timeless, His approach flawless, and His parables meaningful.

Though there have been parables, allegories, similies, and metaphors taught through the centuries, the parables of Jesus are still loved and understood by all who read them. They are in a class by themselves as far as getting a message across is concerned. How often have you heard someone say of a person that has helped another, "wasn't he a Good Samaritan"?

Look at the parable itself...Is there any better way to convey to someone about helping those in need than this story? Is there a better way of showing the love of the Father for us than the parable of the Prodigal Son. It has all the elements in it to get the message to us completely and concisely. I cannot think of a more beautiful way to show the value of each soul than the parable of Lost Sheep.

The true value of the parables as we read and contemplate them, is to carefully and prayerfully place the application into our own lives, that our service to the Lord will become more meaningful. If a parable has no spiritual application in our lives, we might as well be reading a newspaper....Its just "a story." But if we see ourselves in the parable of the Good Samaritan or Prodigal Son, then the meaning hits home. God's Word becomes the mirror of our soul, as it should be.

The parables are about the kingdom of God. He loves us....He wants us in His kingdom....

Have a great week....Let your light shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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