Preacher: Alan Cameron
Verses: Matthew 13:44-52
The parables of Jesus have rightly been described as Pictures of Revolution. The message of the Kingdom of God is indeed revolutionary, unlike any human revolution promising Utopia and freedom, only to oppress those who stand in the way. Jesus was a revolutionary far more radical than those who endeavoured to change society through force. His method was one of persuasion through parables ticking away like a time bomb with explosive results. His ‘stories of intent’ were designed to disarm his opponents on the one hand, and reveal the true nature of discipleship and radical repentance on the other. The parables simultaneously conceal and reveal, exposing the habits of his hearers’ and readers’ hearts.