These short stories from Jesus have stood the test of time and this should come of no surprise since it’s the word of God. As we go through parables this summer, remember that Jesus demands a response from His hearers. Do you have ears? You should listen.
God empowers and sends out His people, the church, with specific gifts for the proclamation of the gospel. There are no passive participants in following Jesus. We each add value and serve a role in the church. When each person is using their gifts the body functions smoothly, efficiently, and effectively for the expansion of the Kingdom modeling the love of Christ beautifully.
In the book of Jonah we are learning about the wayward prophet and how similar we are to him. In Jonah we see an imperfect Jesus, but also a man that points to the perfect Jesus.