Our sermon series for Lent is on the parables of Jesus and our hope is that it will help us prepare for the cross of Good Friday and the resurrection of Easter morning. Jesus spoke in parables to startle us. We have an incredible capacity for over confidence when it comes to our spiritual lives. We often times miss out on God’s kingdom and misunderstand the cross and resurrection because we make the assumption that we already know everything we need to know. Jesus told parables to get behind our defenses. Kierkegaard said that what Jesus did in his parables was to deceive the hearer into truth. Throughout this series we will prepare our hearts to enter and receive God’s kingdom by studying the parables of Jesus.