Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
Later, we noticed Jesus hadn’t come back. We set off in search for him, weaving through the city streets. After a while, we got to the lake and noticed a familiar figure sitting on the shore.
By then we had a crowd with us, also wondering where he was. Jesus looked up at us and smiled. He stood and walked to a nearby boat, climbing in. He took a seat.
Peter asked if he wanted to go out on the lake. Jesus shook his head, looked at the crowd, and began to teach in parables.
“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed,” Jesus swept his arm across his body as if he was tossing seed. “As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.”
Jesus pointed up, saying, “But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.”
Then, opening his hands wide, “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
He pauses. Then scanning the crowd, meeting individuals’ eyes, says, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Matthew 13:1-9; Mark 4:1-9; Luke 8:4-8