- Jesus Spoke In Parables So People Would Not Understand.
As we all know, much of what Jesus taught to people during His time came in the form of parables. A parable is often described as an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Most people find them to be confusing, so they often ask, why didJesus speak in parables? But believe it or not, that’s exactly the point why Jesus taught in parables – to cause confusion. In fact, even His disciples were confused when Jesus started telling the Parable of the Sower. They asked, “Why do You speak to the people in parables?” (Matthew 13:10).
Jesus’ answer to their question was quite revealing, He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them…In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” (Matthew 13:11,14,15).
Even though confusing, Jesus’ intention of speaking parables was not to withhold the truth from us, but to conceal it from the minds of people who have no right to it. He also taught in parables so that people, who are interested in understanding the truth of His words, would understand clearly. He greatly desires that we turn to Him and hunger for more of Him. The Bible clearly says that “if you seek, you will find” (Deuteronomy 4:29).
- Jesus Didn’t Want To Suffer And Die.
Jesus was fully divine, but He was also human. And just like any human being, Jesus didn’t want to die – He didn’t want to suffer from beating, torturing, and carrying the cross in harsh sunlight. Wherever angle you look, thinking about the idea of death is truly terrifying. In fact, before Jesus’ arrest, He prayed hard in the garden of Gethsemane and asked God, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” (Matthew 26:39). No one would definitely want to suffer and die.
But eventually, Jesus accepted His faith because He knew that it was His Father’s will. Although He didn’t want to face agony and pain, He whole-heartedly followed His Father’s desire. He knew that the only way to save the people is for Him to give His life for them.
Indeed, there are so many things that we still don’t know about the life of our ultimate Savior. Well of course, I know that some of you will not believe some of the things mentioned above. But regardless of what you think or what you believe, one thing is for sure: Jesus lived.