The Parables of Jesus Explained

The Parables of Jesus Christ are some of the most well-known and well-loved passages in the Bible. May this resource page of The Parables of Jesus Explained help you bring Jesus’ messages into your heart and life.

Jesus with His Disciples. The Parables of Jesus Christ Explained

What is a Parable?

Oxford Dictionary defines a parable as a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.

In the Bible, Jesus used parables to teach the people about God’s Kingdom and the way to salvation. At first, the stories (parables) he tells may not seem to have anything to do with God or salvation.

Jesus chose to teach this way because it was simpler for people to understand stories about actual situations than about the abstract afterlife and judgment of God. Even so, the meaning of the parables could be difficult to grasp as well. To help you extract the most value, each parable is broken down into life lessons below.

Are parables still relevant today?

Sometimes we can’t see how the parables are relevant to us today. But be assured that every parable applies and speaks to each of us today. They provide directions to help us navigate the journey to eternal salvation. God’s expectations never change and the journey to reach Him never changes.

I pray you will take the time to learn more about the spiritual meaning and lessons in the parables that Jesus spoke for your benefit so long ago. He’s inviting you to walk down the path to salvation. Will you accept his invitation?

What do the parables teach us?

Each parable teaches us about living a life that’s pleasing to God. Typically each parable includes several takeaways that apply to all of us. In the following articles, we offer ways in which the message and meaning in the parables can help keep you on the path to eternal life with Jesus.

Parable Lessons for Children

Our parable explanations have been used effectively as the basis for children’s parable lessons. I invite you to use the concepts to design your lessons according to the understanding of your children.

I’d also love to hear what tools or resources would make this easier for you. I’ve created a comprehensive lesson plan for the Parable of the Mustard Seed that includes coloring pages and will consider creating others if you would find them helpful. Check out the Mustard Seed plan and let me know what you think!

Lessons from the Parables of Jesus Christ

Mustard Seed Parable

Looking for Mustard Seed Faith? What life lessons can we learn from a tiny mustard seed? Learn six lessons to grow your seed of faith from the Parable of the Mustard Seed.

Prodigal Son Parable

Why did the father forgive the prodigal son? Did the parable of the lost son mean the good son’s loyal behavior was unappreciated? Lessons I’ve learned about this powerful parable.

Hidden Treasure

4 Lessons from the Parable of the Hidden Treasure

The Talents (Coins)

Parable of the Talents Parable of the Gold Coins 5 Life Lessons

Lost Sheep Parable

Parable of the Lost Sheep Meaning and 3 Life Lessons

The Good Samaritan

5 Love Lessons from the Parable of the Good Samaritan

Parable of The Sower

Parable of the Sower explained - Image of plants in field

Ten Virgins Parable

Parable of the Ten Virgins Lady holding lamp


If you love the parables

If you love the parables, you may be interested in all the printable products we have for reflection on the Mustard Seed. For adults, we have a devotional, foldable pocket booklet, coloring foldable pocket booklet, and wall prints. For children, we have a lesson plan, coloring pages for various ages, wall prints, and reflection/journal pages. Below is the Youth Bundle, the best value!

Mustard Seed for Youth Bundle includes everything you need for a Sunday School Lesson. Mustard Seed Activities include 3 sets of coloring pages and a set of Journal/Reflection pages.

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