Jesus used simple stories to explain difficult truths. That is not to say that His children (disciples) understood the implications of the stories at the time, but later they could go back to them and digest their meaning when they were ready.
To explain the truth that someday Jesus would suddenly come back to reward His children for their faithfulness, He chose two stories. One is the story of the 10 bridesmaids (Matthew 25:1-13) and the story of a The Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
At that moment, His children didn’t understand either story beyond their everyday usage in their culture. But after Jesus had been crucified, His children would look back on those stories and retell them as they began to understand their meaning.
Even today we read fairy tales and share stories to simplify and explain difficult truths to our children. Many of you may be familiar with the children’s book, The Giving Tree. What a wonderfully simple portrayal of how acquiring things can’t make a person happy, but having giving relationships with others is what life is all about.
Let’s make our world of parenting full of stories to prepare our children for living lives filled with grace and truth.
If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It is great for parents because it provides the Big Story of God’s wonderful plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.