Essay about The Parables of Jesus and the End Times

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A parable is defined as an earthly story with a heavenly message. Jesus frequently used parables as a means of exemplifying insightful, divine truths. The insightful stories are easily remembered, the characters are usually bold, and the representation rich in significance. “A parable is meant to arrest the hearer or reader in such a way that he or she must think of things in a new and unaccustomed manner” (Cunningham & Kelsay, 2013). Jesus used these parables as a harbinger of the apocalypse and incorporated many common situations to induce a thought provoking response to the truths He was trying to teach. However, the truth was not always received with welcome ears. On the other hand, for those who hungered for the word of God, the …show more content…
There is an inherent process in all of us to be independent of our father; which is the unwise ambition of a sinner wanting to be independent of God. It is God that allows us to see what our independence from him does to as the loving father allowed his son to take his money and go to another country.
The younger son goes away, signifying a willful disobedience, and squandered his money on frivolous living just to end up working as a servant. The son learned the hard way of his covetous behavior when he was destitute feeding the pigs that had more food than him. One might think that the son’s motivation for returning home was hunger but he was willing to give up his place in the family to work in his father’s the fields as a servant. Regardless of his motivation he showed true atonement and humbleness not based on his words but in his actions. For in this repentance his father, like our heavenly Father, was there with forgiving open arms. In the parable, Jesus was making the connection between our sin that separates us from God and the joyful reunion of fellowship with God when we are repentant of sin.
The younger son was ready to fulfill a life of service to his father for his actions, but when his father saw him he was filled with love and compassion. Instead of ridicule or blame a fatted calf was butchered for the meal significant of the shedding of blood for atonement of sins. God patiently waits for us to return to
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