was once said that Jesus could be considered to be 'the greatest
teacher of all time, not just because of what he said but the way
in which he said it!'
was a brilliant teacher, his stories or parables, have been remembered
by millions for two thousand years and in hundreds of different
languages. The parables are simple, yet memorable stories of everyday
life. Stories which have been given meaning and significance. He
transformed the daily routine into lessons for eternity He invested
simple acts with priceless value. He provided unsurpassed narrative
which can be re-told to people of all ages with a message which
is crystal clear for all.
parables described in this booklet have been selected and reported
in order to provide a 'progression of understanding.' Beginning
with the discovery of the 'Pearl of Great Price' and progressing
to the 'Preparation for The Great Supper', the message is declared.
The Gospel is heard, considered and acted upon in order to prepare
for the Coming of Christ. In this way the reader is provided with
structure and a development, yet in a form which can be read in
small and interesting portions.
of the parables described, as well as being an interesting story
or scene, carries a comment about an aspect of the teaching of Christ
and contributes to the total message of salvation. After detailed
comment about the parable, the opportunity has been taken to develop
a few thoughts as suggested by the parable.
in order to obtain the full message of the parables in their original
context, one has to open the pages of the Bible and read the words
of Jesus for oneself.
is the aim of this booklet that readers will be encouraged to read
and study the 'Teaching of the Master' that the reader might find
the 'Good News' by means of the 'Parables of Christ'.
Carter for 'Parables of the Messiah.' Pub. CMPA 1947
Marshall for comments about 'Judgement.'
Pub. 'Testimony Magazine' July 1988
Richardson for 'Biblical Browsings.' Pub. LWR 1996
Whittaker for 'Studies in the Gospels.' Pub. Biblia 1984
King James Version of the Bible.' Pub. Thomas Nelson 1979
on behalf of the Christadelphian Bible Mission