When the grain is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come. 1
"What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?" asked Jesus. "What parable shall we use to explain it?
It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground.
After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade."
Jesus preached his message to the people, using many other parables like these; he told them as much as they could understand.
He would not speak to them without using parables, but when he was alone with his disciples, he would explain everything to them.
On the evening of that same day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake."
So they left the crowd; the disciples got into the boat in which Jesus was already sitting, and they took him with them. Other boats were there too.
Suddenly a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water.
Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The disciples woke him up and said, "Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?"
Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, "Be quiet!" and he said to the waves, "Be still!" The wind died down, and there was a great calm.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?"
But they were terribly afraid and began to say to one another, "Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"