People often suggest that Jesus told parables to illustrate the truths he taught. But Jesus, himself, explains in the sermon text for this Lord’s Day that he did not intend for his parables to illumine truth; rather, they concealed the truth. Only those whom the Lord calls into Jesus’ Kingdom will understand it and embrace it. Luke 8:1-15 contains a famous parable and Jesus’ explanation of it. It shows that the gospel “takes root” and grows only in the hearts of those who hold fast the truth of the word of God.