A parable is an earthly story used to teach some heavenly meaning. If you think about it, you’ll discover that Jesus’ whole life is a parable given to us by God.
God’s parable is a story about a god—the one and only God—sending a part of Himself to earth in a child’s body. The child, known as Jesus, God’s Son, grew up the personification of God, possessing all of His power, love, and wisdom. This part of God, the man Jesus, became an earthly example of a godly life. Then, God allowed Jesus, this part of Himself, to experience every imaginable sin that we humans can commit past, present, and future. God allowed Jesus’ body to be crucified and suffer excruciating pain until, finally, the body died. BUT, the parable doesn’t end there. God, our eternal God in the form of His Son, Jesus, did not die. HE LIVED. Jesus’ body arose from the grave and He ascended into heaven.
There are many lessons in God’s parable, but the most important is this: there is no place for sin in heaven. To claim our place there, we must believe that God loves us so much that He sacrificed Himself to guarantee us eternal life in heaven when our bodies die.
What did sacrifice mean in Jesus’ time?
God commanded His people to perform numerous animal sacrifices according to certain procedures prescribed by Him. Instead of humans suffering eternal death for their own sins, God was willing to accept a substitute.
First, the animal had to be spotless.
Second, the person offering the sacrifice had to need the animal—remember animals were the most important commodity providing food, clothing, and wealth in trade.
Third, the person offering the animal had to kill it. When done in faith, this sacrifice provided a temporary covering of sins.
Sacrifices had to be done multiple times to keep cleansing sin so God’s people might one day have eternal life in heaven.
Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice, the ETERNAL covering of sin, the ONLY way for souls to be guaranteed sin-free when bodies die. God didn’t have to sacrifice Himself multiple times to free us from sin, but only once.
Jesus told us the meaning of God’s parable:
“For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.”
(Read the rest of what Jesus said in John 3: 1–21.)
If you are a believer, praise God! If you are a non-believer, think about God’s parable and then decide.
Will you believe?
What do you have to lose?
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