The words of Jesus are powerful. He speaks with intentionality, tenderness, and conviction. His words move the listener from the here and now to the reality of what is true in the future. Jesus chose to describe the kingdom of God through story. The art of parable was used to draw a vivid image and to illuminate the personal biases of those who listened. The mission of God was uniquely revealed through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son. Those who repent and embrace the fullness of forgiveness will find great delight in the mystery of salvation. To follow Jesus is to persevere, wrestle with the spiritual, move toward radical obedience, and find peace in the righteous judgement of God.