Stories that Changed the World: SM041-050
Jesus journeys in Perea and tells some of the most unforgettable stories that will define his mission and change the world including The Prodigal Son and His Prodigal Father and The Beggar at the Gate.
Stories of The Master
The story of Jesus and the stories he told come alive for the modern listener. Jonathan Williams weaves in cultural and historical details that help us understand who Jesus is and why he came to this world.
The Master Who Served His Slaves - SM041
Jesus told the crowds they should not fear or worry, should share their provisions with the poor, and above all else seek the kingdom of God. But what was the kingdom like? In this story, Jesus shocks the people by telling about a master who did the unthinkable.
Slashing Swords, Crashing Buildings - SM042
A group of men came to Jesus and reported what Pilate had done - killed Jewish men in the temple while they were offering their sacrifices to God. It was time for revenge! But Jesus had a different perspective on what his people should be concerned about.
The Crooked Woman - SM043
Jesus is teaching on the Sabbath and a woman walks into the service who has been afflicted with a deformity for 18 years. The synagogue leaders are watching closely to see what Jesus will do. What does Jesus do?
Excuses, Lies, and Insults! - SM044
Jesus is at lunch with Pharisees on the Sabbath. They are not happy that he heals a man. This leads to a discussion about the great banquet of God, a story about excuses, and who will be in the kingdom and who will be excluded.
Lost! - SM045
Jesus is hosting a meal for sinners and tax collectors. The Pharisees grumble about this and Jesus replies with two famous stories about valuable commodities that were lost and found.
The Prodigal Son and His Prodigal Father - SM046 pt1
After he tells the story of the lost sheep and the lost coin Jesus tells a story about a lost son. But will the religious leaders understand?
The Prodigal Son and His Prodigal Father - SM047 pt2
Jesus continues the story, this time about the older son who stayed to work the family farm. But who does this son represent, and is he more lost than the one who ran away?
The Prodigal Son and His Prodigal Father - SM048 pt3
The story of the two sons and their loving father presents deep lessons for every person to hear about receiving the forgiveness of God. But will we receive his complete forgiveness?
The Servant Who Tricked His Master - SM049
Jesus tells a story about a dishonest estate manager who gets himself fired. Yet his quick thinking saves his life, his reputation, and honors the wealthy landowner in one bold move. What did the manager do and how does it become an example for us?
The Beggar at the Gate - SM050
Jesus tries to break through the hard hearts of money-loving religious leaders by telling a story of a rich man and a poor beggar who lay at his gate. It appears one is blessed and one is cursed until they die and discover the truth about what God values the most.