The parables

The parables tell us that:

  • The Kingdom of God is a mystery (it grows secretly).
  • It is present in the lives of those who believe.
  • People respond differently to the message of the Kingdom of God.
  • It begins with Jesus’ words and teachings.
  • The Kingdom of God starts small with the individual and increases to include the whole of society.
  • The Kingdom of God is a future reward.

Mark’s message about the Kingdom of God was to be of comfort to the early Christians. He tells them not to give up, their faithfulness will be rewarded.

Why did Jesus use parables?

The people were familiar with the concept of a parable.