These two short parables told in response to the hypocrisy displayed by the ruler of the synagogue show that the teaching and ministry of Jesus is life-giving and restorative, God’s heart in regard to humanity is for freedom, and the kingdom of God is surprising and unexpected.
How we view and understand the kingdom of God radically impacts how we navigate our life and faith. The kingdom of God is radically celebratory, so let’s take part in that celebration!
Life in the presence of God is the greatest treasure we can attain and we should be willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to live life in God's presence.
Our worth and value is found not in doing but in being - we are created in the image of God and Jesus has defined our inherent value by deciding that we are worth dying for. Understanding this heart of the Gospel will help us understand our value both as individual people and as the Church.
The "why" of the Gospel draws us to a lifestyle of commitment, not to an institution.
A commitment to worship, to mission, and to community.
This "why" of the Gospel is relationship - with God, with the lost, and with each other.