Jesus concludes a series of parables about the kingdom of God with a parable about understanding his teaching about the kingdom of God. Those who understand, according to Jesus, are able to bring out new things along with the old things in the collection of Christian wisdom.
Why is it so important to the Christian faith that the story of Jesus begins with his conception and birth as a baby? The Christmas season prompts Christians to think more deeply about this element of our faith in Jesus, the Savior. We find in this lesson that the narrative setting in which Matthew includes his Christmas story bears important clues about the ultimate meaning of the fact that the Son of God came as a baby.
God's plan is to freely forgive us of the sins for which Jesus died on the cross. This message of "justification" bears a few important implications for living faithfully as a Christian today.
The Light of the Cross, Lesson 1.
The Sun defines our solar system by its light in which so many parts become visible. Also, the Sun defines our solar system by the force of its gravity, which holds everything together in their relative orbits as a system. In a similar way, the message of justification--the good news of the cross of Jesus of Nazareth--defines everything that faithful Christians must believe.