Jesus’ parables – What’s the price of your eyes?

Those who listened to Jesus said “he taught as one who had authority” (Matthew 7:29), while some who were more shocked beyond belief at His teachings and the way He used parables to get the message through said “no one ever spoke the way this man does” (John 7:46). Napoleon is quoted as saying “I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison……….” It’s no wonder that the calendar was changed, so we can recognize that there once lived a Man who was not like all other men. In my tribute to this Man from Galilee, Jesus of Nazareth, I would be looking at some of His teachings, especially His parables.

Living Waters, a ministry of Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, have gospel tracts that ask: “would you sell your eyes”; and these tracts always make me wonder if there’s ever a price I would accept for my eyes. Would you sell your eyes for $1m dollars, or how much do you think they are worth? Reality is even the poorest person in the world would think twice before selling his eyes for any price. All of us would not wish to be rich at the expense of our eyes, and we’d rather be poor for the rest of our lives than be rich and blind. If this is how much you value your eyes, then what would you say to a person who’ll encourage you to pluck your eyes and throw them away without any monetary compensation? You’ll probably think this person is crazy, and you’ll be very offended by him. This is what Jesus of Nazareth said to His hearers, He said “and if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell” (Matthew 18:9). Only Jesus had the courage to say this to anybody, infact only He could even think of such a thing.

If you think your eyes are worth $1trillion, then Jesus is telling you that they are worthless, and if they causes you to sin then you should just pluck them out and throw them away. Jesus doesn’t have a problem with your eyes, but He’s comparing the value of your eyes to the value of your soul. He’s telling you that your soul is worth more than all parts of your body, and you should never allow any of them to cause you to sin. Do you think you have a soul, because many people don’t think they do? A soul is the real you, regardless of the parts of the body that you have. If you pluck your eyes out, the real you will still exist. If you do a heart transplant, you still won’t change because the real you will still exist. Your body and all its parts are just the containers of your soul, your parts may get old but the real you will not get old. You will stay have the same desire to live just as you have done when you were a little child. And it is this real you that Jesus says is worth plucking your eyes for. Whatever causes you to sin is not worth the value of your soul, and your soul should always come first. Whatever causes you to reject God and His plan of salvation is not worth it, if it means you will lose your soul. When we die, our soul either goes to heaven or hell, and we should always be occupied by this thought that our soul should never perish to hell forever.

What is causing you to sin? Jesus says pluck it out!


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