Jesus’ sermons are full of life with teachings about the Kingdom of God, and in them, He used two types of parables to describe believers’ lives. The first concerns judgment, like the parables in the book of Matthew dividing the sheep and the goats, or the story of the separation of the wheat and the weeds. As believers, the good news is you don’t have to worry about judgment because Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection have brought us salvation. We are loved, called, and forgiven and can now experience God’s joy in our lives.
Speaking of joy, Jesus talks about the joy you experience in the Kingdom of God. One story tells of a wedding feast. Unfortunately, many who were too busy turned down the invitation to this joyous occasion. To illustrate the theme of joy, I found artwork online that depicted the wedding where Jesus turned the water into wine. I noticed that the people were very stoic and somber; you could not recognize the joy of this occasion. I then found a vibrant watercolor painting by artist Herb Mandel. In his painting of the wedding, you could vividly see the happiness expressed on the faces of the guests.
Friend, imagine the laughter, colorful interaction, and fellowship between those called to attend the wedding ceremony and festive reception. And most importantly, Jesus was in the middle of the celebration, enjoying it all! Jesus invites us to come into the Kingdom and live a life that is filled with glorious joy!