Dear Readers, Beloved of God,
Good Evening fellow Sojourners! I trust you had sweet rest in the presence of Jesus? After all, that is the true Sabbath rest! We have faithfully travelled and now reach the climax of our journey. We only have but a short distance left to reach the truth of our quest. Is Jesus the Son of God? At journeys end, we must answer this question and forever reap the consequences of our decision! Do you see that outstretched hand? Jesus desires to carry you the rest of the way. Rest in His arms and let us proceed.
I ask your forgiveness as I may have once again puzzled you? After all, I am not a faultless guide. What could I possibly prove through the parables of Jesus, concerning His life and Person? I shall begin my testimony with an additional prophecy concerning this man Jesus. What I show you was prophesied by two different authors of opposite periods in time. I’m not convinced that these two men even had knowledge of each other:
“I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.”
(Psalm 78:2-4) (King David)
“And He said, Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return and be healed.”
(Isaiah 6:9-10) (The Prophet Isaiah)
It is of utmost importance, to here provide a little more evidence, to decisively arrive at an answer to our question. The last book of the Old Testament (Old Covenant) is Malachi and the first book of the New Testament (New Covenant) is Matthew. The period between these two testaments is known as the “Intertestamental period” or the “Silent Years”. This is a 400 year period where God was “silent” and revealed nothing new to His people. At the end of Malachi, Israel was under the powers of Persia and the Medio-Persian Empire. When you open the book of Matthew you discover an entirely different atmosphere- almost a different world! Rome is now the dominant power of the earth. Why is this important information? Because, although God was silent for four hundred years, when He decided to again speak to His people, He did so in a magnificent and wonderfully majestic way! He introduced the world to His Son, Jesus, and the Saviour of all mankind! He declared to Himself, “I must go to the earth and give my life for my people!” Wow! What selfless love!
One of the evidences of Christ’s uniqueness is found in the parables, simple in their portrayal of great truths and taken as they are from real life. They possess awe-inspiring depth and scope in their unfolding of the principles of the Kingdom of Heaven. Nevertheless, the parables were not to be understood by all who hears them. This is shown in Jesus’ own words and is also the fulfillment of the aforementioned prophecies:
“And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has [spiritual knowledge], to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:’ Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
Not only do the parables give the Christian insight into the character of Christ, they also show the Christian the way of life while on the earth and through eternity. These parables also give a prophetic view of the church. To list each parable and its meaning is altogether a separate work for another time and will not be accomplished here. I only wanted to show here that we get great insight into the Life and Person of Jesus Christ. We also have great revelation into the heart of God!
In conclusion, it is more than evident that one could write through eternity about the life and teachings of Jesus and what He means to the individual person. For now we only receive beautiful glimpses! I know that one day we will see Him face to face in all His glory, and we shall know all things about Him. The world itself could not contain all the books needed to record His biography and all that He has accomplished:
“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen”
Here marks the end of our journey. I have attempted to be a faithful, trustworthy, and true guide. If I have led well you will have met the Living Waters of Life. If I have failed, Jesus remains a mystery. The case has been presented and you have received compelling evidence. The decision and answer to our question is now in the hands of the jury, your hands. Is Jesus the Son of God? Is He your loving Saviour? Did He give His life to pay your sin debt in full? Or, does He remain a man of mystery, a fable of ancient times? I have made my decision and obtained my answer. He is everything to me; Jesus Christ is the Son of God!
I pray you have been blessed and have come to know Jesus for the first or in deeper relationship! Until we meet again, rest, rest beloved in the presence of Jesus
. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”