Lukan Parables – Ch. 10 & 13
As I journey in the life of active discipleship, I’ve run into some trials while explaining the Scriptures to a new believer or an intrigued hopeful. Acknowledging that I am developing in my studies, going through the Lukan Parables helped me see “the gospel in story”. The foundation of the Parables have made such impact on my motives for teaching ministry also. Noted in Matthew 12:24, the parables were introduced first, as judgment on the blasphemous Pharisees, to conceal the gospel from their hardened hearts. Secondly, the parables were introduced as a gift of grace from God to the Gentiles who did not know or understand the law. Last week in the Downline Institute, before we dove into the Parables, we were challenged to look at the Word of God with the eye of our unsaved neighbors (family, friends etc.).
I instantly thought of my older brother, who does not know Christ Jesus as his Lord and Savior, but has said that he is ready to listen because he believes “living in my [his] sin has my [his] soul at stake” (a conversation from my visit home during spring break). I struggled with sending him prayers and scriptures to read because of the fear of not being able to articulate the gospel in relevance and clarity. However, during class I was encouraged to look at the Parables and identify who God the Father is (Jesus), and who the gentiles [we] are to identify with.
In Luke 10:25-37, we see the keeper of the law challenging Jesus by asking, “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus, knowing his intentions all along, asked him, “What does the Mosaic law say?” With the expert reciting the law and feeling the weight of his shortcomings, he chose to justify himself by asking who is his neighbor. Jesus then told a parable about the great Samaritan, pointing out that we [everyone] are the dead man on the dangerous pathway. Jesus is the Good Samaritan, who was moved with such compassion that it superseded the reality that on our road to death we are enemies of Christ. His compassion preserved us and restored us back to health and to the Father. This parable encouraged me because it shows in depth the love we ought to have for others and self. Enough love to trust that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and follow His example.
It is a blessing to recognize how important it is for believers to depend on the Lordship of Jesus to guide us through the Holy Spirit, to grow us and bring forth fruit through us. Luke 13:6-9 helps us see the intentional decisions Jesus made on our behalf to save us while we were yet sinners. Agreeing with the frustration of the Father for our fruitless lives, Jesus chose to personally care for us and pour into us with fertilizer and change out our soil.
In all I am truly blessed by studying the parables presented in Downline and challenged to look at them in a different light. I am motivated to study further so that in tough conversations I might be able to point others to the Word of God in confidence. The world has yet to experience the love of Christ and I am excited to share it via the parables.
Kinah Morgan is part of the 2013-14 Downline Emerging Leaders class. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI to a family of social activists, Kinah grew up learning about serving the community she lives within. After leaving college at 19, she challenged herself by seeking out her purpose while working in the nonprofit sector for five years (healthier relations, youth serving orgs etc.). Last year, Kinah was presented with the opportunity to serve in Memphis as an Emerging Leader and couldn’t resist the such a great gospel learning experience. She is excited to continue ministry in Orange Mound after Downline.