Jesus taught people how to live godly lives. As he traveled around Israel, Jesus taught with sermons and parables.
Sermon on the Mount
Jesus delivered his most famous sermon on a mountain. In it, Jesus taught his listeners to:
- Love your enemies.
- Stop worrying and trust God.
- Treat others as you would like to be treated (The "golden rule").
Jesus often taught with parables. A parable is a short story with a spiritual meaning.
Jesus told a parable about two builders. One was wise, and built his house upon a rock. The other was foolish, and built his house on sand. When a storm came, the wise man's house stood, but the foolish man's house fell. Whoever obeys Jesus is like the wise man. Whoever disobeys his words is like the foolish man.
Jesus taught with many parables. Some were easy to understand, and some were difficult. Matthew chapter 13 has several parables of Jesus.