Friday, April 24, 2009

The Story Teller

Matthew 25

The Parable of the Ten Virgins
 1"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep...

Matthew 21:28-32 (New International Version)

The Parable of the Two Sons
 28"What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.'

 29" 'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

 30"Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go.

 31"Which of the two did what his father wanted?" 
      "The first," they answered.

   Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him...

Luke 10:25-37 (New International Version)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
 25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

 26"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"

 27He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'[a]; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b]"

 28"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

 29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

 30In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'

 36"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"

 37The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." 
      Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

...and so on, and so forth...

During His time here on Earth, Jesus used parables for people to better understand what being a Christian is all about. Through some of these parables, He tried to explain how heaven is or how His second coming might be like or how unconditional His love is towards us. Through these parables, it was like Christ made an Idiots' Guide to Christianity. He was, indeed a Great Story Teller.

On April 26, that's what The Redeemed Stage and the Creative Arts Team of ICS will try to do... be a story teller. We will be telling a story about love. About how the world sees it. About the highs and the lows of being in a "loving", person to person, relationship. And just like in Jesus' parables, we'll try to compare it to what God has to offer to us. At first, you'll be "entertained" by music and dances from by-gone eras 'til present, and then, near the end, we'll give you an alternative to THAT kind of love you've just watched and heard. For some of you, it may turn out to be a awesome reminder 

“Love Is…?2 Timeless… Through the Ages” is set to be staged at the International Charismatic Services worship hall on 26th of April, 2009, 6pm. Tickets are sold at Php150 (Php100 for students) and is available at the ICS office or through the concerts’ cast and crew.