Jesus was the master story teller. In fact, approximately one third of the words of Jesus recorded in the Bible are stories. These stories are called parables. A parable is a comparison of two or more things to help us understand a spiritual truth, and Jesus told these parables in order to help others understand about the Kingdom of God. His Kingdom offers a new reality of life for those who need hope. His Kingdom brings about justice and mercy. His Kingdom is being built by people who receive Jesus as their King. His Kingdom is even mysterious. In telling us these stories about His Kingdom, Jesus extends to us the ability to understand it as well as be a part of it.