The definition of a parable is a simple story used to illustrate a lesson. Jesus speaks in parables so it’s easier for us to understand & get His lesson across. He also uses them because He’s fulfilling prophecies (in this case, from Isaiah 6). The Bible tells us that everyone on Earth is going to hear the gospel of Jesus at some point in their life. But there are many different responses someone can have to the gospel. The word “gospel” is used quite a lot in Christian culture. In greek, “gospel” simply means good news. What is the good news? If you don’t already know the good news is the news that Jesus took our sins by dying on the cross in our place. After he died, He was buried in a tomb, but three days later He rose from the grave to prove once & for all that the power of death and hell can not defeat God and His saving grace. When you hear the gospel the Lord want you to respond to it with an open & accepting heart. He wants the power of Jesus to change everything about you. If you accepted Christ at a young age, sometimes it’s difficult for us to think of something we need to change about our life because we haven’t necessarily had the chance to make a lot of unwise decisions yet. But let me remind you that the Bible calls our hearts wicked, and tells us that we are all born with sin. It doesn’t always have to be something life-threatening like doing drugs. Changing may include changing what we watch, what we listen to, or even the types of people we surround ourselves with. When we accept the gospel it should change everything about us. When we understand the gospel, we grow in Christ. It’s that simple.
Matthew 13:1-11 & 18-23 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”