Summary: This message is a part of my series Tell Me the Stroies of Jesus which is a study of the parables. In this message I deal with a heavy topic: CHANGE. It has been said that the only person who likes change is a wet baby. The church must change to keep u
“Keep the Change”
3 months ago we began this series on the parables titled Tell me the stories of Jesus. And one of the things I really enjoy about the stories Jesus told is that He alwasy knew how to get right to the point. Most of His stories were brief , easy to understand and his point has a way of getting right to the heart of what we need to hear. For instance Jesus could have given a one hour lecture on who our neighbors are and how to treat them but instead He simply told the story of the Good Samaritan. Why? Because we didn’t need a lecture, we needed a story that would soften our hearts and cause us to do something. These stories leave us with word pictures that cause us to want to do something.....
* Lost sheep that need to be found
* a house built on a poor foundation that needs to be corrected
* half built projects that need to be finished
These stories can do at least 4 things for us.
(1) They show us the Humanity of Jesus. We do not believe Jesus was ½ human and ½ divine. We believe He was 100% both. We don’t understand that. We accept it by faith. But we see clearly in the parables that Jesus was very acquainted with everyday life. He knew about farming, he talked about the harvest, He knew how to fish, wouldn’t you love to go fishing with Jesus? He talked about building houses, He went to weddings, He went to funerals....He talked about everyday things like salt, bread, light, wages and work.
(2) These stories can reveal the heart of God. You want to know how God feels about how we treat our neighbor, read the story of the Good Samaritan. You want to know how God feels when the lost come home to Him? Read the story of the prodigal son.
(3) These stories can move us to action. They can cause us to treat our neghbors better, they can cause us to do better planning. They can cause us to take us our cross and follow Jesus.
(4) These stories can cause us to see how the power of God can change any situation. In the text this morning Jesus is explaining a very important principle to the Pharisees, one that all of us need to understand. We need to hear it again today.
Here it is:
* change is often good.
* change can result in growth
* change is often necessary
If you read the gospels carefully you will notice that Jesus was constantly in trouble with the religious establishment. He would forgive someone and the religious crowd would become angry. Only God can forgive sin. Who do you think you are Jesus? He would hang out with sinners and that made the religious crowd mad as well. Why did Jesus do these things? He’s God. Didn’t He know it would cause trouble? Didn’t He know that everything He was doing was going against the teachings of the day? Against everything that the religious people believed in? Jesus was always making change. He was constantly stretching wineskins. And we see it in 3 short stories this morning.
First there is the story of a wedding. Jesus compares His ministry and teachings to a wedding celebration. In another passage John the Baptist describes himself as te best man and he describes Jesus as the groom. Then he describes his disciples as the friends of the groom. Now look again at the question that sparks all of this discussion. Verse 14. The OT in the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything