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The Parable of The Visiting Son
Sunny comes from out of town to visit his father (John 1:29) (Matthew 5:17), only to discover his pop surrounded by police, businessmen, and lawyers (Ephesians 6:12).
"What’s going on?” Junior demands.The nosy crowd is astonished, including the father.
"They're taking my home." His father says reluctantly (John 10:10).
"Give ME the debt!” The son yells toward the just-business environment (Isaiah 53:3).
"But," the bankers replies, "this is not your problem! (John 18:35)”
The son stands his ground until the banker finally gives in (Luke 22:42). And, with the bill now in junior's name, the son simply reaches in his pocket and pays it off, cash (Isaiah 53:10). And immediately after, many witness the banker and the son wink at each other. To this day, spectators wonder, "Did the banker secretly arrange for this well-timed rescue?" (I John 1:2) (Psalms 22:30)
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A posterity shall serve Him.
It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.
Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill."
saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
I John 3:16
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
I John 1:2
the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Interview with Author Jwyan C. Johnson
Do you have a favorite parable from Jesus?
Yes! I like the father who gave orders to his two sons (Matthew 21:28-32). One son said okay but didn’t do it. The other son contested, “no,” but later felt guilty and did it. Jesus then asks his audience, “Which one of them did the work of his father?”
I love this parable because it shows the artificial authority of guilt. It is spiritually parallel to God; it has nothing to do with righteousness! And a little more observation reveals even more parallel types of authorities with the audacity to use guilt like a whip. I suggested this though my parable of “The Ventriloquist.”
Your collection is certainly contemporary! You approached issues like Autism, bullying, and the new “golden calf (tradition).” Are their any parables or topics that you’ve passed on?
There are! Any parable which I can’t support with scripture doesn’t make it to the reader. I’m not a preacher or prophet worthy to insist. I am a writer. And I respect the perimeters of this role, fearing God even more so! Specific topics I avoid include the fruition of Revelation, calculated against today. In those areas, I almost mirror Paul as he separated his own thoughts from the Holy Spirit’s.
There’s an ongoing friendly criticism you face from your supporters. And I kind of agree with them! With such much experience in character development, you rarely animate your own profile! Not much is known about you. Why is that?
Well, in the most creative of ways, it would be too redundant! Every character I create inherits a little something about me. Like Serrano, I interact through them my spirit, my mentality, and other angles of a reader’s curiosity. And I think the proof of this is in the encore of Chapter 4, where we bring all these fictional stars (or pieces of me) together. To experience this is to know me fully.
Now obviously some characters have more of me than others. I will volunteer that one specific character, in one of the parables in this book, is a very substantial part of me. He or she is the very core essence of who I am. And the enveloping parable is literally the story of my life. Some have guessed correctly. Yet I remain too shy to confirm it. Yet even with the wrong guess, a reader is always right in some way.
Give me your idea of a “happy ending” for Christian Parables.
I want to translate this book into a viral agenda. I want to add to the Lord’s “mysterious ways” collection. I hope to mirror characters to an audience well enough for some to identify themselves. There truly are “blind architect’s” out there. And people still pay and stay for “the ventriloquist” in real life. A quiet, respectful, revelation through fiction might motivate a real change in character! If you remember Nathan spoke to David in a parable, concerning Uriah. The message finally got through. And this was God’s plan (II Samuel 2:12). Strategically, I want to be on and facilitate for that team.
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