Jesus warned people not to be greedy. He told a story about a rich man. The rich man had a lot of property and produced many things to sell.
So he built many store houses to keep all his produce. He said, “I have plenty for many years. I can take life easy.” Then suddenly he died. All his work and all his money were no good to him any more. Jesus said, “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself.” We need to have treasure in heaven, not here on earth. Luke 12:13-21 globalrecordings.net
This picture is about an important teaching of Jesus. Jesus taught His disciples to pray to God all the time.
He told them this story. A man went to his friend in the middle of the night. He called out, “Friend, lend me some loaves of bread. A friend of mine has come to me, and I have nothing to give him.” The friend said, “Don’t bother me. The door is already locked.” However, the man kept knocking at the door. So the friend got up out of bed and gave him some bread. Jesus shows us that if your friend will do such a thing, God will certainly hear His children if they continue to pray. He will also give His Holy Spirit to those who really seek Him.
Luke 11:1-13 globalrecordings.net
Here is another story that Jesus told. A man was traveling down a lonely road. Robbers attacked him and left him almost dead.
Two religious Jews came along. They saw the injured man, but they did not help him. Then a foreigner came along the road. He was sorry for the man. He stopped and took care of him. He cleaned his wounds and took him to a safe place. Those religious people did not show God’s love. Religion will not give us eternal life. Jesus said that we must love and obey God. Then we will want to show God’s love to anyone in need. Luke 10:25-37 globalrecordings.net
Jesus told a parable against the Pharisees. He said that they were like hired shepherds.
A hired shepherd cares about his wages, but he does not care so much for the sheep. The Pharisees did not care for God’s people, and they would not believe in Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd. I will give My life to save My sheep.” Jesus also told them that He is like the door of the sheepfold. You can see this in the picture. The sheep are safe while the shepherd guards the doorway. Jesus protects His people so that the evil one cannot come and destroy them. John 10:1-21 globalrecordings.net
One of the stories Jesus told was about a poor servant. He owed his master a lot of money, but he could not pay.
The master was sorry for him. He told him he did not have to pay. He forgave him the whole debt. The servant went out and he met a friend. This friend owed him a small amount of money. The man grabbed him and said, “Pay back what you owe me!”. But the friend could not pay, so what do you think the servant did? Did he forgive him? No! The servant put his friend in prison. Later, the master heard about this. He was angry with his servant because he did not show pity on his friend. The master threw his servant into prison. God has forgiven us a great debt of sin. He expects us to forgive those who sin against us. Matthew 18:21-35 globalrecordings.net
In Israel there are many shepherds looking after their sheep. These shepherds care for their sheep.
If one sheep is lost a shepherd will leave the rest of his sheep. He goes and searches for the lost one. If he finds it, he is very happy. In the same way God does not want to lose any one of His children. We are His children if we believe in Him. He loves each one very much. If even one of His people goes away from Him, He will search for that one until He finds him or her. Matthew 18:10-14 globalrecordings.net
This picture is about another story Jesus told. A man found some treasure hidden in a field.
He hid the treasure so that nobody else could find it. Then he went and sold everything he had so that he could buy that field with the precious treasure. Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is like that treasure. The kingdom of God is worth more than anything else we have in this life. Matthew 13:44 globalrecordings.net
Jesus told many stories with hidden meanings. They are called parables. He told about a man who sowed good seed in his field.
However, his enemy came at night and sowed weeds in the field among the wheat. This story tells us about Satan. He is the enemy. He plants his evil children among the children of God in the world. They must grow together until Jesus comes again. Then God’s children will be separated from the evil ones. All who do evil will be like weeds. They will be destroyed by fire. God’s children are like the wheat. God will take them to be with Him forever. globalrecordings.net
The story of the seed has a hidden meaning. The seed stands for the Word of God.
The ground is like the people who hear God’s Word. Satan is like the birds. There are people who hear God’s Word, but Satan takes it away so they do not believe it. Some people hear God’s Word and they think it is good but when life gets hard, they blame God and go their own way. Other people hear God’s Word but the things of this world choke it. They do not obey it. However, some people hear the Word of God and obey it. They please God in this life and they gain everlasting life. Mark 4:10-20; Matthew 13:18-23 globalrecordings.net
One time, Jesus was teaching many people beside the lake in Galilee. He told them about a farmer.
This farmer went out to plant seed. Some seed fell on the path and the birds ate it. Some fell on rocky ground and when the sun was strong, it dried up. Other seed fell among thorns. The thorns choked the seedlings. They could not grow properly. Other seed fell on good ground. It grew and produced much grain.
Mark 4:1-9; Matthew 13:1-9; Luke 8:4-8 globalrecordings.net