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Jesus Used Similes To Describe Heaven

DEFINITION: Simile  Noun.  \ˈsi-mə-(ˌ)lē\   a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as (as in “the kingdom of heaven is like . . .).

Have you ever tried to explain something to someone you knew would have difficulty understanding? After I returned from my first Promise Keepers conference I tried to explain to Marie what it was like. Words failed me. “Marie,” I said, “You just had to be there. It was just too amazing to describe to you.”

Jesus used similes to teach his disciples and his followers aboutheaven heaven. In Jesus’ lessons He taught that the kingdom of heaven is like,

  • a mustard seed (Matthew 13:31)
  • leaven  (Matthew 13:33)
  • hidden treasure  (Matthew 13:44)
  • a man seeking godly pearls (Matthew 13:45)
  • a net cast into the sea  (Matthew 13:47)
  • a homeowner who takes new and old things out of his storage room (Matthew 13:52)
  • the master of a house who went out to hire laborers (Matthew 20:1)

Jesus adds information to the simile stories. But, for me, Jesus’ teachings about the kingdom of heaven leave me wondering and pondering how it will really be.

I think Jesus used similes to explain what the kingdom of heaven is “like” because He knew we’d never understand what it really is. How majestic and awesome it will be. Beyond our meager mind’s ability to comprehend it.

I think Jesus knew heaven is such a glorious and wonderful paradise that it defies description. Too glorious to understand. Too incredible to imagine. To remarkable to explain in words.

It’s just one of those blessings of God’s grace and love we’ll have to wait to enjoy until we get there.

8 thoughts on “Jesus Used Similes To Describe Heaven

  1. My comment here is, just observe all whom you meet in daily life, most greet you with a smile,
    which breaks the ice immediately, even the little pics of us on LinkedIn or elsewhere, tell our story. I agree with all the above written comments 100%. Steven and Dianna are great examples of smiley faces that just attract you to return a smile when thinking of them.
    Smiles break down barriers and are free to give and return, a Blessing from God, love, Marge.


  2. THIS is sooo good! I’ve used that example before.
    When a baby smiles at you… I mean connects with your eyes and really looks at you.
    They are those eye contact kind of smiles! A stranger genuinely connecting with your soul… a driver waving you in when you thought you were going to sit there for an hour waiting for your turn… those little things that might go un-noticed another time but for some reason it means so much to you when it happens and it is like getting a tiny speck of a glimpse of how heaven must feel like to be there with everyone just practicing love toward one another because we all love the same Father! It will be amazing!


    1. WOW! What a wonderful illustration, Diane. Thanks for sharing. And those random acts of kindness that make that intimate connection with us make up so many great stories we get to share with others, which, to me, become opportunities to share God’s love and grace. Truly amazing. And one day, when we get to heaven, folks are going to walk up to you and say, “Diane, you don’t remember me, but you helped me load my groceries in my car the day my back was hurting so bad the pain was unbearable. Thank you.” And probably hundreds or thousands more blessings like that will be yours to treasure for eternity. We serve an awesome God. God bless you, my servant sister in Christ.


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