Jesus was a storyteller. When crowds gathered around him, Jesus often told them stories to illustrate spiritual truths. …
Through simple, clear stories, Jesus spoke to the crowds who followed him in a manner that was familiar to their culture, but not necessarily the way of one educated in the Law. The message of Jesus was one of relationship, and he chose a relational way to share that message. The disciples and the apostles would share those same stories.
—Ray Buckley, Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith (Discipleship Resources, 2004)
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A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?” … But the legal expert wanted to prove that he was right, so he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, “A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He encountered thieves, who stripped him naked, beat him up, and left him near death. Now it just so happened that a priest was also going down the same road. When he saw the injured man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. …
—Luke 10: 25-26, 29-31 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help us as we sift through the memories of our lives. Guide us to ponder the power of storytelling and to use our stories to help others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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