Introduction–Christ and the Use of Parables: A parable is a story-telling device used by Christ to illustrate truth to the people to whom he spoke and any others who hear these words. Parables use metaphor to teach truth/theology. A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in Martin Luther’s “A mighty fortress is our God” (i.e., God is not a fortified place with a brick wall around it but he is strong) or when Jesus said, “I am the [ Read More ]
Three parables – 1) the parable of the lost sheep, 2) the parable of the lost coin, and 3) the parable of the lost son. Or a single, three-part parable with 1) a good shepherd, 2) a good woman, and 3) a good father – all representing Jesus, who came to seek and to save that which was lost. What do you think?