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That’s Jesus!: A Parable of A Mustard Seed

Updated on December 30, 2012
We Can Each Be a Mustard Tree to Each Other
We Can Each Be a Mustard Tree to Each Other | Source

‘The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what the kingdom of heavens resembles." He said to them, "What it resembles is a grain of mustard seed. It is smaller than all other seeds, but if it falls upon plowed terrain it puts forth an enormous foliage and is a shade for birds of heaven."’ –Saying 20, Gospel of Thomas

‘He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”’ –Matthew 13:31-32

This article is the second of three on Thomas Gospel Sayings rated as “That’s Jesus!” in the Jesus Seminars, as reported in Funk’s book, “The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say!”


He grew in a small town and moved to the city to become a bus company mechanic. The soft-spoken small-town man only rose to the rank of chief over the period of 20 or so years that he served in the same capacity on a meager daily wage.

Was it his strong faith in God that kept him going?

When this soft-spoken man passed away he further grew in stature as people from all walks of life came to pay their last respect. Everyone saw his great spirit despite his laid back ways. Possibly, it was because they took inspiration from him, for having been able to live such as simple life day in and day out, through his humble countenance yet magnanimous ways. He always had a kind word for everyone.

People had taken shade under the tree that once was a humble mustard seed.

We somehow need people like him in our midst to help us keep going, inspiring us despite the seeming meaninglessness of life. We somehow need to see things the way he saw them, to see people the way he saw them. Perhaps it is his way of exalting every humble task, everything, and everyone that led him to live through each day as though it were the most important day of his life.

We have the same opportunity like he did. It remains up to us to decide to be that grown mustard tree, that shade of relief for others who are finding it too difficult just to live through one other day. More than words, our actions, our lives can become that mustard tree.

A Tribute to All Mustard Seeds/Trees in Our Midst

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the members of this community who have through their articles/hubs, magnanimous ratings and comments somehow provided inspiration and guidance that provided the necessary impetus for a mustard seed to grow to now having written as much number of articles, when it all really just started with wondering whether I should be publishing in the first place.

Thank You!


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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 5 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thanks for the encouraging words and heart-warming prayer, Teacherjoe52! Your comment is always a welcome visitor to every hub you visit in the community.

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Good morning Quirinus.

      When I first started writing I knew nothing of how to write. Through learning from email God directed towards me and the tutourship of authors here I developed over two years.

      May God continue to bless your writing to blossom into a beautiful flower