Each service and study in this series focuses on a biblical parable that connects to Lenten themes. Sermons and Wednesday Family Night Bible studies reveal that within each parable’s plot is woven a unique message about what we receive through the crucified Christ. These messages will enrich your own stories of faith in Jesus as you journey through Lent.
Ash Wednesday: “Receive Justification: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” • Luke 18:9-14
The tax collector who repents goes home justified, while the proud Pharisee does not. We, too, who repent are justified through Christ.
Week 1: “Receive the Word: The Sower and the Seed” • Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23
The seed that falls on fertile soil takes root and grows, while seeds in other soils fail. The Word of Christ flourishes within us.
Week 2: “Receive the Treasure: The Hidden Treasure and the Priceless Pearl” • Matthew 13:44-46
Two men give all that they have to buy objects of great worth. We who are priceless to Christ receive him who gave all that he had to call us his own.
Week 3: “Receive Mercy: The Good Samaritan” • Luke 10:25-37
A man beaten on the road gets help from an unlikely traveler. We who are often beaten down along the road of life encounter the healing of Christ through the cross.
Week 4: “Receive Grace: The Workers in the Vineyard” • Matthew 20:1-16
All workers in a vineyard are given the same pay from the master, no matter how long they have labored. All who have been called by the Master are blessed by the same reward in Christ.
Week 5: “Receive Forgiveness: The Prodigal Son” • Luke 15:11-32
A wayward son returns to the forgiving embrace of his father, who welcomes him home. We who have strayed return again and again to the embrace of our Father, through the sacrifice of his Son.
He spoke to them in parables,” the Bible tells us of Jesus, and in this daily devotional for Lent, these very parables of our Lord speak to us of core components of this sacred season as we reflect on his suffering, death and resurrection for us. Author Dean Nadasdy takes us through some of the most well-known and beloved parables of Scripture and relates the events described there to the events of Lent we experience, helping us to apply the divine messages of these stories to the story of our life in Christ.