Jesus wants us to be ready for His return. On that day, He will come in great glory with all the angels of heaven.
He will judge all men and women. He will be like a shepherd who separates the sheep from the goats. He will separate the people who have done good deeds from the people who have done evil. The good who believe in Jesus will receive everlasting life in God’s Kingdom. The others will go to everlasting punishment.Matthew 25:31-46 http://globalrecordings.net/
Jesus told another story. It was about a rich man who went on a journey. The man called his servants. He gave them his money to invest.
Two of the servants traded with the money. They gained more money for their master. The other servant did not do anything with the money. He hid it in the earth. Then the master returned. He said to the servants who had made more money for him, “Well done. You are good servants.” He gave them a good reward. However, he was angry with the lazy servant. He threw him out. God has given all of us abilities. We must use them for Him and be ready for His return. Matthew 25:14-30 http://globalrecordings.net
Jesus told His disciples a story about 10 young women. They were waiting for a wedding feast to begin. Five of them were wise and five of them were foolish.
The bridegroom was coming at night, but the five foolish women had no oil for their lamps. They went away to buy oil. While they were gone, the feast began. When they came back, they called out, “Open the door for us!” But someone inside called, “I don’t know you”. So they could not go into the feast. This story has a special meaning. It is this. Jesus will return at the end of time. He will come suddenly. Some people will be ready. They will enter the Kingdom of God with Him. Others will be left outside forever. Jesus said, “Therefore, keep watch. You do not know the time of my return.” Matthew 25:1-13 http://globalrecordings.net
Jesus taught the people in the Temple. He told this story against the religious leaders. “A man planted a vineyard with grapevines.
He rented that vineyard to some farmers. Then he went away. At harvest time he sent his servant to collect some payment. But the tenants beat the man and sent him away with nothing. The man sent many other servants to collect his rent. The tenants beat some of them. They killed others. Last of all the man sent his son whom he loved. But the tenants killed him too. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” The wicked leaders were like the tenants in the vineyard. They did not love God. They refused to receive His messengers, and they wanted to kill Jesus too. Mark 12:1-12; Matthew 21:33-41; Luke 20:9-16 http://globalrecordings.net
Have you tried to follow Jesus? What reward can you expect from Him? Jesus told this story. A landowner was paying his workers.
Some of them had worked all day so He gave them a full day’s pay. Some had only worked part of the day but he gave them a full day’s pay as well. Those who worked all day complained. The landowner said to them, “I have not been unfair to you. I have the right to do what I like with my own money. Do not be envious because I am generous!” God is like that. He is generous. He can give eternal life to anyone. We do not earn it by our hard work. Matthew 20:1-16 http://globalrecordings.net/
Jesus wants people to keep praying, so He told this story. A wicked judge did not care about anyone. One day a poor widow came to him.
She said, “Give me justice against my enemy.” But he would not. She came to him again and again. In the end, the judge said, “Because this woman keeps bothering me I will see that she gets justice.”. God is not like that judge. He wants to hear and answer our prayers. He will bring justice to His children who suffer. If an unjust judge will give justice in the end, we may be sure that we can trust our heavenly Father to look after us. So, keep on praying. God will hear you.Luke 18:1-8 http://globalrecordings.net
Jesus told the Pharisees another story. It was about a son who went away from his family. The boy said to his father, “Give me my share of your property.” The father had two sons, so he gave him half his property. The boy left home and went to live in a far country. There, he wasted all his money in wild living.
The Lost Son Among the Pigs Luke 15:14-19
At last, all his money was gone. The rebellious son had nothing to eat. He got a job feeding pigs. Even though he had something to eat, he was still very hungry. So he began to think about his life.
He said to himself, “My father’s servants have food. I will go back to my father and say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against you. You should not call me your son any more. Make me one of your servants.'” So the son decided to return to his father’s house.
The Lost Son Returns Home Luke 15:20-32
The father loved that boy very much. He was hoping that his son would come home. When he saw the boy coming home, he felt great pity for him.
He ran to meet him. He welcomed him with great joy. He took him back as his own son. We are like that son. We have all gone away from our heavenly Father. God is like that Father. He loves and forgives every person who confesses their sin and comes back to Him.
The Pharisees were angry because Jesus liked to spend time with poor people and sinners.So Jesus told them a story. He said, “A woman had ten silver coins and she lost one.
She lit a lamp and searched the house. At last she found it. She was very happy. She called her friends to come and they all rejoiced with her.” Jesus said, “In the same way, there is rejoicing in heaven when one sinner turns to God.” Every single person is important to God. He wants everyone to turn from sin and to come to Him.Luke 15:8-10 http://globalrecordings.net/
Another Sabbath day, Jesus healed a man with dropsy. Again the Pharisees were angry. Then Jesus told them this story. A great man gave a feast.
He invited many special guests. However, every one of them made excuses and refused to come. So he said to his servants, “Go out quickly into the streets and bring in to my feast the poor people and the crippled people.” Jesus was telling the people that the Pharisees were like the special guests. They were important religious leaders, but they refused to come to God by believing in Jesus. They will not have a place in heaven. Luke 14:15-24 http://globalrecordings.net
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