Jesus often taught using stories. He told his disciples that He did it so that “outsiders,” those who did not have faith in Him, would not understand the message intended for those who were His true followers. He said, "when they hear what I say they will not understand."
Then Jesus added, "To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them."
People like stories. It captures our attention and we enjoy them. I guess that is why television is so attractive and takes up so much time. Jesus understood our love to hear a story and how effective they are at communicating a point.
The stories that Jesus told that were captured and recorded for us in the Bible deserve more than superficial treatment. Deep spiritual truth is revealed in them. Jesus told us, "… the closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given."
Visualize this: The teachings of Jesus are like a pool of water that is both shallow and deep. These stories are simple enough for a child to wade in and understand, but they are also deep enough for the most brilliant theologians to dive in and swim but never fully comprehend all that is contained.
I believe it is God’s desire for us to “get our feet wet” and that by truly listening to what He reveals to us in Scripture, we’ll want to go swimming down in the deep end of the pool.
Serving the Servants of Christ,
Executive Director, New Life Resources
The publishing and materials distribution ministry of Cru
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