Jesus often uses parables, or stories, to teach the crowds around him. But why does Jesus share these stories that can seem so cryptic and confusing? What are we as believers supposed to see in them?

"He told them, 'The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, "they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!"'" Mark 4:11-12