One author has defined the parables of Jesus as comparisons, with scenarios and stories drawn from everyday life in order to conceal and reveal spiritual truth relating to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus used ordinary and familiar stuff in life to reveal His message about the kingdom of God. Often when we read the parables we miss the purpose Jesus was pursuing by using this teaching method. Many imagine that Jesus used parable to make His message simple and alluring for the hearers. Yet, the biblical record tells a different story. Not only did many listeners fail to understand the parables, those in authority totally rejected their message.
On one occasion the disciples asked Jesus why He spoke in parables. Jesus answer is telling: “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them” (Mark 4:11–12). Strange as it seems to us, Jesus spoke in parables to conceal His glory from some and reveal it to others. In this series we will explore some of the more familiar parables seeking to see the glory of Christ and His kingdom unveiled.