The earliest teaching of Jesus about his second coming was a parable. Matthew 13:24-30 reads:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ” (NIV)
Jesus explained the parable in verses 37-39. He is the sower. The seed are his followers. The enemy is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age and the harvesters are angels.
Why did Jesus tell this parable? He reminded us that he is coming again and people will be judged. Those who follow him will “shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” In other words, those who follow Jesus will live forever in heaven.
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