Jesus tells a story about a dishonest estate manager who gets himself fired. Yet his quick thinking saves his life, his reputation, and honors the wealthy landowner in one bold move. What did the manager do and how does it become an example for us?
It is hard to believe the story of the prodigal son and his prodigal father was told almost 2000 years ago. It remains with us to this day, and it has spread to the ends of the earth.
Jesus and his disciples were having dinner with their new friends – tax collectors and other notorious sinners with whom religious people would not want to associate.
Jesus was having dinner with his disciples, and at the dinner special guests reclined with him in a festive atmosphere. Were the special guests, political leaders? No. Were they religious leaders? Not on this occasion.
Jesus is hosting a meal for sinners and tax collectors. The Pharisees grumble about this and Jesus replies with two famous stories about valuable commodities that were lost and found.
Jesus is at lunch with Pharisees on the Sabbath. They are not happy that he heals a man. This leads to a discussion about the great banquet of God, a story about excuses, and who will be in the kingdom and who will be excluded.
Many people have said that a person’s last words are revealing because they show what has been most important for that person throughout life. What would Jesus say as he hung on the cross dying? What would Jesus say from his cross of pain?
Jesus, in the upper room with his disciples and en route to the Garden of Gethsemane gives final instructions to his disciples before his death on the cross. He tells them about prayer, about the coming of the Spirit, and about the sufferings they would face as his followers.
Jesus arrives in a village and the synagogue leader, Jairus, immediately asks him to hurry to his home to heal his daughter who is at the point of death. But on the way, Jesus is stopped by a woman who has been sick for twelve years. As Jesus ministers to the woman, the news comes that the daughter has died. Jesus is too late. Or is he?
Tension is high between Jesus and the rulers, but everyone must hear his words of warning or catastrophe will come. To help his people understand, Jesus tells a story about a king inviting everyone to the wedding banquet of his son. But those invited do not come and suffer the consequences of their rejection. Will the people of Israel get the point?
Jesus leaves the crowds and tells his disciples to get into the boat. They are going to the other side of the lake. It seems like a great idea until a life-threatening storm comes upon the small boat. But this storm was small compared to another kind of storm on the other side of the lake as a demon-possessed man waited for them.