“Short Stories by Jesus — The Mustard Seed”

On July 22, Pastor Katy preaches on Mark 4:30-32.

Mark 4:30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

Jesus says, “The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed.” Maybe this means that something small and unassuming will grow to be great, but a mustard shrub isn’t exactly a giant cedar. Maybe Jesus wanted us to focus on the birds that rest in the branches, or the person who scattered or sowed the seed. Parables are meant to be a bit enigmatic, and the absence of anyone telling us exactly what they mean is part of what keeps them at the forefront of our faith. As we begin a new sermon series on some of the parables that Jesus has given us, we explore some of what these provocative short stories have meant and could mean for us today. One thing is for sure, they are not tame bedtime stories.