Summary: Through Jesus Parables we will be given “knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven”. This knowledge is being revealed to those of you who are seekers of the deep spiritual truths of God. Some of us will understand but others won't. Why?
Eyes, Ears and Heart
Matthew 13:1-23 NIV
Last year our Sunday messages went through a series of topics on a closer walk with God that taught us how to be better disciples of Jesus.
You may or may not have realized it but for 30 weeks that is what I spoke about. It was my prayer that these messages would encourage and challenge you in your faith journey as a follower of Jesus Christ.
Many of those messages were about how we thought about God our Father and our relationship to Him. They also talked about our actions and behaviours as Christians and how we could learn to be more Christ-like in the things we do and say. The last section of those messages were about how to apply our thinking and our actions into our everyday living. How to be more like Jesus.
This year I intend to take you on another journey with Jesus as we sit at His feet and examine the “Parables of Jesus”. In them we’ll discover what Jesus describes as “The knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven”.
Through Jesus Parables we learn how to take what is developing within us as Christian character to the next level. We dear Saints are involved in a lifetime experience as we follow Jesus. Ours is not just a Sunday experience but an every day journey of transformation. Jesus wants to take us from what we are and turn us into what God desires us to be. Our best self if you will.
Through Jesus Parables we will be given “knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven” not the kingdom of this earth. The knowledge that will be imparted to us will come from the Lamb of God Himself.
This knowledge is being revealed to those of you who are seekers of the deep spiritual truths of God. Last week we meet some of these seekers at the Jordan River where John the Baptist pointed out the Messiah to them.
Andrew and John are just two of the seekers we will sit beside as we join Peter, Mark, Luke and Matthew and the rest of Jesus disciples. We’ll join them in this journey of discovery that will open our eyes, ears and hearts to the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven.
As Jesus tells us in today’s parable we will receive a blessing if we open our eyes, ears and hearts to His truth. Matthew 13:16
In the Parable of the Sower Jesus unlocks the secrets for us and explains why some of us will receive this knowledge and others will not. The thing that separates peoples understanding of Jesus Parables is not the language He uses but the heart of those who are listening. Matthew 13:15
Andrew and John were seekers because they had open hearts to the things of God. They were at the Jordan River listening to John the Baptist and his message before Jesus was pointed out to them as the Lamb of God. I know today we often hear and sometimes in accusatory tones that we Christians need open minds. But listen to what the scriptures say…
Matthew 6:21 New International Version (NIV)
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus words not mine.
Romans 10:10 New International Version (NIV)
10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Clearly God desires to speak to our hearts first. Once we receive it there it can be more fully understood in our minds.
Matthew 22:37 New International Version (NIV)
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Here Saints is the first key to being a seeker. Our hearts, souls and minds must be filled with the desire to love our God completely. Unreservedly.
We cannot sit at Jesus feet with hearts, souls and minds that are partially in love with our Heavenly Father and partially in love with the world.
If we do this then our eyes will not be opened fully to see the truth Jesus reveals and our ears will not be opened to hear the hope of Jesus message and our hearts will be divided concerning the love our Father seeks to pour into us.
Dear ones these instructions for understanding the Parables of Jesus may seem simple but I tell you it will take effort on our part and discernment.
Jesus lays out the enemies to our understanding for us.
Matt: 13:18 the evil one (NIV); the wicked one (KJV) = Satan - Takes by force
Matt: 13:21 Trouble/persecution because of the word = (Divine expression) Depth of our faith