Read: Prodigal Son
Jesus was born a Jew.
For the first years
of his life, Jesus lived a typical Jewish life.
When he was 12 years old, he went to the synagogue and
surprised everyone with his wisdom about Mosaic Law with priests and rabbis!
After the age of 30 Jesus started to speak publicly about
what he believed in, and knew to be true!
'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and
with all your soul, and with all your mind.' And 'You shall love your neighbor
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another,
even as I have loved you…"Whatever you want others to do for you, do so
for them… love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in
return; and your reward in heaven will be great, and you will be sons of the
His main message was that one must love one another
and that God loves you and is easy to reach. The Kingdom of God is within us!
All we need to do is ask (with faith) and we shall receive!
Jesus fame grew!
Jesus believed that God could be reached by prayer and
love. Once Jesus got very annoyed with money lenders in the temple which had
been turned to a marketplace. Jesus angily asked why they had turned the house
of God into a den of thieves?
The Religious leaders were unhappy with what Jesus taught
and asked the Roman Government to kill him.
Jesus had not broken any Roman law so the Romans were
reluctant to take such a drastic step. The religious leader however persuaded
Pilate a Roman governor to approve the nailing of Jesus on the cross!
Jesus was tortured and
humiliated and he finally died on the cross…but wonder of wonders! He rose
from the dead 3 days later. After 40 days, according to witnesses, Jesus
ascended which means that he left the earth alive, by rising up into the sky.
Because of these miraculous
happenings many people started to believe in Jesus and his teachings. The
religious leaders tried to kill Jesus followers. They managed to kill those who
followed Jesus, but were unable to defeat truth because the truth always
people across the world love Jesus and call themselves Christians.
Dadi Ma Nani Ma
Jesus used to explain his teachings to his disciples with
the help of parables.
Parables are stories but which have a deeper meaning.
Let me tell you one of them. It is called ‘The prodigal
I would explain the word ‘prodigal’ as one who is
wasteful or extravagant or uncontrolled.
Anyway to come back to the story, there was a man who had 2
sons. One son demanded from his father what was due to him, in the form of
inheritance and went away to a distant land. There he squandered away all his
money doing wrong things.
Finally he was left with nothing and was forced to take
work looking after pigs.
The son realized that he had done wrong and decided to
return to his father and ask for forgiveness. When the father saw the prodigal
son coming towards him, he received him with open arms. He even asked that a
grand feast be arranged to celebrate the return of the errant son.
The other son got angry when he heard this, but the father
explained that it was right that they make merry as they had thought that the
son was lost or dead and now they had found him alive!
This parable teaches us that God forgives those who repent.
It also tells us about the Grace of God. Note that the father did not even wait
for the son to say he was sorry. The father just saw him returning home and the
father took him back into his home and heart!
Is this story not comforting dear children?
We all do wrong things and all God requires from us is that we repent. We
must truly feel sorry for our actions, and not pretend. Why? Because God knows
us better than we know ourselves and we cannot deceive him.
Will you remember this story when you do naughty things?
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