This is a hard one.  When I first started studying and writing about Jesus’ spoken words, my intent was to shut out all the noise and opinions coming from the world and just concentrate for a while on exactly what Jesus had to say.  His recorded words, not anyone else’s.  Most of the time that has been very encouraging, sometimes it speaks close to my heart, and other times like this one, it can be a little hard to swallow.  I kept wanting to add a “yes, but…” to Jesus’ words when reading this next passage. The Parable of the Unforgiving Slave […]
The parables Jesus told were not just moral stories on how to live – they told us about heaven and hell.  I imagine the questions people might have asked Jesus would go something like this:  If you are the Son of God from heaven, then tell us what is heaven like, and is there really a hell?  Wouldn’t you ask the same thing if you could?  Jesus’ response is found in his parables.  He did not really explain the physical nature of heaven in his stories, as our minds would not be able to fully understand that.  But he did do a lot of explaining on how to get to […]