Ever heard the statements, “life threw me a curve ball”, or, “that came out of left field”? These are modern renderings of what the first hearers of Jesus would have said, as they grappled with the challenges Jesus brought to his audience. This was nothing new as they had all heard parables and stories by the Scribes and Pharisees meant to challenge the listener. However, the Bible says, ““The people were awestruck and overwhelmed by his teaching, because he taught in a way that demonstrated God’s authority, which was quite unlike the religious scholars.” (Mark‬ ‭1:22‬ ‭TPT‬‬) What releases authority? When what is being told, is lived. How many of us would balk at the surgeon who claims, “I’m a great surgeon”, but on further inquiry it is discovered he has yet to perform an operation? We practice what we preach as the people of God. Jesus, in what He proclaimed in the parables, was the greatest example of what the parables taught - to love God and to love people; in the process you’ll learn to love yourself. Thus, when seeing someone in need whatever that may be, we demonstrate God’s love by presenting the Good News of healing and salvation.


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