Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM by Charles King
Simple Teaching of Jesus
Today. many people who call themselves Christians are looking far a simplified Gospel. This is not new. Some have simplified down to living by the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This concept while with good intentions can lead to terrible results. Jesus' parables while simple in story are deep in theology.
The Parables of Jesus can address the issue that many people today are tired of being told that they are evil sinners who needs to repent and be saved by some sort of blood atonement. To many it is an insult and want to be told about the goodness of God (His grace) and dignity of man? They say that Jesus taught tolerance and love for one another and respect for human goodness. But did He?
In receny years, liberal scholars of the Christian movement espoused what they called the simple teachings of Jesus, the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. They say let us consider only the simple teachings of Jesus and focus on the Two Great Commandments.
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:36-39).
With this statement Jesus is not teaching a new ethic or a new standard of conduct, a new rule of living. He is illuminating an old ethic. His statements were taken directly from the writings of Moses. The God of our Lord Jesus Christ was the God of Old Testament revelation, the God of the Hebrews, a God that does not change. The one who is the same, yeaterday, today and tommorow!
The prophecy about Christ in the book of Isaiah, it is written that He would magnify the law and make it honorable (Isa. 42:21). God is saying that Israel is Deaf and Blind.
Isaiah 42:20-21 You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; Your ears are open, but none hears.  The LORD was pleased for His righteousness' sake To make the law great and glorious.
Jesus came to Magnify (fulfill) the law and not to obolish it but only make it more distinct and unnderstandable. When something is magnified all the lines, contours and details stand out with startling clarity. So Jesus did not do away with the old ethic (law). He magnified it. He makes its meaning clearer and its demands more radical. One way He did this is through His parables. There is no plainer and simplier teatching of Jesus than by His parables!
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