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Discovering Wisdom: 60 Parables of Jesus

Depending on how a parable is defined, the exact number of parables in the Bible varies.
In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is said to have provided us with more than 30 parables. Others claim that Jesus told more than 50 parables in total. We shall count the 60 ones.

Jesus gives us many different parables, but their message is more crucial than their quantity.

The Scripture says, “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; … that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” Matthew 13:34, 35. Natural things were the medium for the spiritual; the things of nature and the life-experience of His hearers were connected with the truths of the written word. Leading thus from the natural to the spiritual kingdom, Christ’s parables are links in the chain of truth that unites man with God, and earth with heaven… Jesus sought an avenue to every heart. By using a variety of illustrations, He not only presented truth in its different phases, but appealed to the different hearers. Their interest was aroused by figures drawn from the surroundings of their daily life. None who listened to the Saviour could feel that they were neglected or forgotten. The humblest, the most sinful, heard in His teaching a voice that spoke to them in sympathy and tenderness.

Christ’s Object Lessons, pp.17, 21

1: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
Teaching: Show compassion and love for others, even those different from you.

2: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
Teaching: Embrace forgiveness and accept those who repent with open arms.

3: The Lost Sheep (Luke 15:3-7)
Teaching: God rejoices when a lost soul returns to Him.

4: The Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32)
Teaching: Great things can grow from humble beginnings.

5: The Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-27)
Teaching: Build your life on the solid foundation of God’s Word.

6: The Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)
Teaching: Use your gifts and resources wisely for God’s kingdom. This parable urges us to invest our talents and abilities in fruitful ways, knowing that God holds us accountable for how we use what He has given us.

7: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)
Teaching: Humility and sincerity in prayer lead to God’s mercy. This parable reminds us to approach God with a humble and repentant heart, recognizing our need for His forgiveness and grace.

8: The Good Shepherd (John 10:1-18)
Teaching: Jesus is the caring and protective Shepherd of His followers. This parable depicts Jesus as the loving Shepherd who knows His sheep intimately and is willing to lay down His life for their safety.

9: The Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14)
Teaching: Accept God’s invitation to the eternal feast. This parable illustrates the importance of responding to God’s invitation to be a part of His kingdom and emphasizes the need to be spiritually prepared for the heavenly banquet.

10: The Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21)
Teaching: Life’s true wealth is found in God, not material possessions. This parable warns against greed and encourages us to prioritize eternal treasures and generosity towards others.

11: The Pharisee and the Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
Teaching: True love goes beyond societal barriers. This parable challenges cultural prejudices and emphasizes the significance of showing compassion to all, irrespective of their background.

12: The Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)
Teaching: Persevere in prayer and faith. This parable encourages us to persistently seek God’s justice and provision, knowing that He hears and answers the prayers of His faithful followers.

13: The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
Teaching: Compassion and mercy matter in this life and the next. This parable warns against neglecting the needs of the poor and calls us to live with an eternal perspective, knowing that our choices have consequences beyond this world.

14: The Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)
Teaching: God’s grace is freely given, regardless of our efforts. This parable illustrates God’s boundless generosity and reminds us that salvation is not earned through works but is a gift from Him.

15: The Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35)
Teaching: Forgive as God has forgiven you. This parable emphasizes the importance of extending forgiveness to others, recognizing the magnitude of God’s forgiveness toward us.

16: The Unfaithful Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46)
Teaching: Acknowledge God’s authority and be faithful stewards. This parable illustrates the consequences of rejecting God’s messengers and emphasizes the need to recognize His authority over our lives.

17: The Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
Teaching: Be spiritually prepared for Christ’s return. This parable urges us to stay vigilant and ready for the coming of Christ, as we do not know the hour of His arrival.

18: The Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24)
Teaching: Respond to God’s invitation with humility and gratitude. This parable teaches the importance of accepting God’s invitation to His kingdom and not allowing worldly distractions to hinder our relationship with Him.

19: The Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29)
Teaching: Trust in God’s timing and the growth of His kingdom. This parable encourages us to have faith in the gradual and mysterious process of God’s work in our lives and the world.

20: The Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32)
Teaching: Genuine repentance leads to obedience. This parable reminds us that it is not merely our words but our actions that reflect our commitment to God’s will.

21: The Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44)
Teaching: Value the kingdom of heaven above all else. This parable illustrates the worth of God’s kingdom and encourages us to prioritize our relationship with Him over worldly possessions.

22: The Great Pearl (Matthew 13:45-46)
Teaching: Treasure the priceless gift of God’s salvation. This parable emphasizes the incomparable value of salvation and the joy of finding a relationship with Christ.

23: The Weeds among the Wheat (Matthew 13:24-30)
Teaching: God’s judgment will separate the righteous from the wicked. This parable emphasizes the ultimate accountability before God and the assurance that justice will prevail in His time.

24: The Leaven (Matthew 13:33)
Teaching: The transforming power of God’s kingdom. This parable illustrates how the presence of God’s kingdom can gradually permeate and change the world.

25: The Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9)
Teaching: Bear fruit in alignment with God’s purposes. This parable urges us to produce good deeds and align our lives with God’s plan, lest we face the consequences of unfruitfulness.

26: The Persistent Friend (Luke 11:5-13)
Teaching: Be persistent in prayer and trust in God’s willingness to provide. This parable encourages us to persistently seek God’s guidance, knowing that He is a loving Father who delights in giving good gifts to His children.

27: The Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-27)
Teaching: Surrender worldly attachments to follow Jesus completely. This parable challenges us to examine our priorities and be willing to let go of anything that hinders us from fully following Christ.

28: The Pharisee and the Blind Man (Luke 18:9-43)
Teaching: Humble yourself before God, recognizing your need for His mercy. This parable contrasts the arrogance of self-righteousness with the humility of those who recognize their spiritual blindness and seek God’s grace.

29: The Ten Minas (Luke 19:11-27)
Teaching: Faithful stewardship leads to greater responsibility and reward. This parable encourages us to use our God-given resources wisely and actively participate in expanding His kingdom.

30: The Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9)
Teaching: Repent and bear fruit for God’s glory. This parable reminds us that genuine repentance should lead to a transformed life that bears the fruits of righteousness.

31: The Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10)
Teaching: God values and seeks after each lost soul. This parable highlights the joy of heaven over one sinner who repents, emphasizing God’s relentless pursuit of those who are lost.

32: The Two Debtors (Luke 7:36-50)
Teaching: Gratitude for forgiveness leads to greater love. This parable illustrates that those who recognize the enormity of their forgiven debts will be motivated to love and serve Christ more passionately.

33: The Persistent Widow and Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8)
Teaching: Persevere in prayer and trust in God’s justice. This parable encourages us to persistently seek God’s intervention in our lives and to trust that He will bring about justice in due time.

34: The Great Supper (Luke 14:15-24)
Teaching: Respond promptly to God’s invitation to His kingdom. This parable warns against making excuses and emphasizes the urgency of accepting God’s invitation to salvation.

35: The Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-35)
Teaching: Forgive others as God has forgiven you. This parable stresses the importance of showing mercy and forgiveness to others, as we have received unmerited grace from God.

36: The Good Shepherd and His Sheep (John 10:1-18)
Teaching: Jesus is the caring and protective Shepherd of His followers. This parable emphasizes the intimate relationship between Jesus and His followers, where He lovingly guides and protects them, and they listen to His voice and follow Him.

37: The Wedding Feast and the Wedding Garment (Matthew 22:1-14)
Teaching: Embrace God’s invitation with a heart prepared for His kingdom. This parable teaches the importance of accepting God’s invitation to His kingdom and emphasizes the need to be clothed in righteousness, symbolized by the wedding garment, through faith in Christ.

38: The Great Faith of the Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13)
Teaching: Display unwavering faith in Jesus’ power and authority. This parable showcases the remarkable faith of the centurion, acknowledging Jesus’ ability to heal from a distance, and encourages us to trust in Christ’s authority over all things.

39: The Fig Tree and All Creation (Mark 13:28-31)
Teaching: The enduring nature of God’s Word and promises. This parable uses the analogy of a fig tree to remind us of the steadfastness of God’s Word and how His promises will come to pass, and we must be watchful for signs of His return.

40: The Lamp on a Stand (Mark 4:21-25)
Teaching: Share the light of Christ boldly. This parable teaches that the light of Christ within us should not be hidden but shared openly to bring illumination and understanding to others.

41: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector Praying (Luke 18:9-14)
Teaching: Approach God with humility and sincerity in prayer. This parable contrasts the proud and self-righteous attitude of the Pharisee with the humble and repentant heart of the tax collector, highlighting the importance of genuine prayer.

42: The Rich Man and His Barns (Luke 12:13-21)
Teaching: Prioritize spiritual wealth over material possessions. This parable warns against greed and the pursuit of worldly riches, encouraging us to focus on storing up treasures in heaven.

43: The Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-13)
Teaching: Use earthly resources wisely for eternal purposes. This parable challenges us to be faithful stewards of our resources, recognizing that everything we have belongs to God.

44: The Pharisee and the Sabbath Healing (Luke 14:1-6)
Teaching: Value acts of mercy and compassion over legalistic rules. This parable illustrates Jesus’ emphasis on showing love and kindness to others, even if it means going against rigid interpretations of the law.

45: The Two Builders and the Rock Foundation (Luke 6:46-49)
Teaching: Build your life on the rock-solid foundation of Jesus’ teachings. This parable emphasizes the importance of obedience to Christ’s words, which ensures a firm and unshakable spiritual life.

46: The Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:5-13)
Teaching: Be persistent in prayer and trust God’s willingness to provide. This parable teaches the importance of persistent prayer and the assurance that God will answer our genuine requests in His perfect timing.

47: The Lost Silver Coin (Luke 15:8-10)
Teaching: God rejoices over every repentant sinner. This parable emphasizes God’s love for every individual and His joy when a lost soul repents and returns to Him.

48: The Two Debtors and the Forgiven Debt (Luke 7:36-50)
Teaching: Gratitude for forgiveness leads to greater love. This parable illustrates the profound impact of recognizing the magnitude of God’s forgiveness in our lives, which leads to a deeper love for Him and others.

49: The Talents and the Master’s Return (Matthew 25:14-30)
Teaching: Use your gifts and resources wisely for God’s kingdom. This parable underscores the importance of using our talents for God’s glory and the accountability we have in utilizing what He has entrusted to us.

50: The Pharisee and the Blind Beggar (Luke 18:9-43)
Teaching: Humble yourself before God, recognizing your need for His mercy. This parable contrasts the arrogance of self-righteousness with the humility of those who recognize their spiritual need and seek God’s grace.

51: The Ten Virgins and the Coming Bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13)
Teaching: Be spiritually prepared for Christ’s return. This parable emphasizes the need to remain vigilant and ready for the return of Christ, as we do not know the exact moment of His coming.

52: The Rich Young Ruler and the Cost of Discipleship (Mark 10:17-27)
Teaching: Surrender worldly attachments to follow Jesus completely. This parable challenges us to consider the cost of discipleship and the necessity of placing our allegiance fully with Christ.

53: The Prodigal Son and the Father’s Unconditional Love (Luke 15:11-32)
Teaching: Embrace forgiveness and accept those who repent with open arms. This parable showcases God’s extravagant love and the grace He extends to all who return to Him with a repentant heart.

54: The Great Banquet and the Invited Guests (Luke 14:15-24)
Teaching: Respond promptly to God’s invitation to His kingdom. This parable warns against making excuses and highlights the urgency of accepting God’s invitation to salvation.

55: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector Praying (Luke 18:9-14)
Teaching: Approach God with humility and sincerity in prayer. This parable contrasts the attitudes of self-righteousness and repentance in prayer, stressing the importance of genuine and humble prayers.

56: The Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)
Teaching: God’s grace is freely given, regardless of our efforts. This parable illustrates the generosity of God’s grace, which is not based on our merit but on His loving kindness and willingness to include all who respond to His call.

57: The Ten Minas and Faithful Stewardship (Luke 19:11-27)
Teaching: Use your talents to serve God faithfully. This parable emphasizes the importance of using our abilities and resources for the advancement of God’s kingdom, with the expectation of eternal reward for faithful stewardship.

58: The Two Builders and the Rock Foundation (Matthew 7:24-27)
Teaching: Build your life on the solid foundation of God’s Word. This parable stresses the necessity of putting Jesus’ teachings into practice and basing our lives on the unshakable truth found in Scripture.

59: The Mustard Seed and Kingdom Growth (Mark 4:30-32)
Teaching: Great things can grow from humble beginnings. This parable illustrates the exponential growth of God’s kingdom from its humble beginnings, revealing the profound impact of even the smallest acts of faithfulness.

60: The Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46)
Teaching: Show compassion and love to those in need. This parable underscores the importance of demonstrating love through acts of kindness and service, especially to the marginalized and vulnerable in society.


As we explore these 60 parables of Jesus, found in the Bible, we encounter profound wisdom and divine guidance for our lives. Let us cherish the teachings of Jesus and carry them in our hearts. The Bible is not merely a book, but a living catalogue of Jesus’ life and teachings, inviting us to follow in His footsteps.

In the Saviour’s parable teaching is an indication of what constitutes the true “higher education.” Christ might have opened to men the deepest truths of science. He might have unlocked mysteries which have required many centuries of toil and study to penetrate. He might have made suggestions in scientific lines that would have afforded food for thought and stimulus for invention to the close of time. But He did not do this. He said nothing to gratify curiosity, or to satisfy man’s ambition by opening doors to worldly greatness. In all His teaching, Christ brought the mind of man in contact with the Infinite Mind. He did not direct the people to study men’s theories about God, His word, or His works. He taught them to behold Him as manifested in His works, in His word, and by His providences.

Christ did not deal in abstract theories, but in that which is essential to the development of character, that which will enlarge man’s capacity for knowing God, and increase his efficiency to do good. He spoke to men of those truths that relate to the conduct of life, and that take hold upon eternity.

Christ’s Object Lessons, pp.22-23

May we surrender our lives to love, trust, and obey our Lord Jesus. Through His parables, written in the scriptures, we learn to be compassionate, forgiving, and faithful. Let us embrace these timeless lessons and be a beacon of God’s love in the world. CloserwithJesus.com invites you to embark on a journey of spiritual growth, guided by the wisdom of Jesus Christ. May His teachings inspire and transform us as we walk hand in hand with our Savior.

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