Welcome to the latest edition of C-Kers Online We have Scruffy with us again, and he and Jan are going to learn about what a parable is. Do you know what a parable is? If you don’t, have a listen and see what you can find out.
Jesus used to tell his disciples and others who wanted to listen, stories called parables. Somenoe once said that parables are a “heavenly story with an earthly meaning.” They are stories that teach us something of what God is like.
The first parable we are going to look at is called the Parable of the Weeds. Here’s a little video that tells us the story.
If you want to read this for yourself it’s in Matthew 13:24-30. There are quite a lot of fields ready for harvest around here at the moment aren’t there? That includes wheat fields. These days farmers spray their fields with weedkiller, but you’ll still find fields where there are weeds like wild oats growing amongst the crop. They grow taller than the wheat so we can clearly see them. They don’t belong, but there’s nothing the farmer can do as to try to pull them out will damage the crop. But when harvest comes, the combine harvester will separate the wheat and the weeds.
In the world there are good people and bad people but sometimes it’s hard to know the difference. The Good News about Jesus is spread all ove the world. Many decide to follow Jesus, but there are many that don’t. How do we know who’s who? In the parable Jesus makes it clear that it’s not really our job to try to decide who are the good people and who are the bad people in the world. God knows who are his friends and who are his enemies.
What God wants those who trust and follow Jesus to do is to love others regardless of who they are, so each person will see Jesus in us and want to follow Him for themselves. Others learn about how much God loves them as we love others.
God promises He will deal with evil someday. We don’t have to worry about it because at the end of time He will make everything right as Jesus says in this parable. The important thing is that people will decide to follow Jesus for themselves before any of that happens. Jesus is saying to you today, “Follow Me.”
Here’s a great little magic trick about loving God and loving others.
Here’s a prayer:
Father, thank you that in Jesus you have shown your love to me. Please help me to show your love to others day by day, that they may understand who You are too and decide to follow Jesus. We ask htis in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Here are a few activities for you to do at home. You will need to print them out, and follow the instructions.
Before we sign off this edition, we’ve got a couple of bonuses for you. The first is the Fun and Faith video from the Virtual Carnival a couple of weeks ago. It ha son it a couple of activities which you can do, and you can send off for a goodybag if they still haven’t run out yet. The second bonus is news of an Online Holiday Bible Club. Churches can’t hold any clubs this Summer, so that’s disappointing if you are used to one. The Club below starts on August 3rd on YouTube and details are on the video.
Have a great time with this lot. See you soon!