What Jesus Did! 'A Story for the Crowd' — Luke 8:4

Friday, May 10, 2019

One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: ...
— Luke 8:4 NLT
Illustration of Luke 8:4 NLT — One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: ...

Key Thought

Jesus used stories to help drive home his message, to plant seeds to help people remember divine truths, or to help give his hearers insights. Stories provide a powerful part of the Master's ministry. Stories are powerful and stick in our hearts. Much of the Bible is written in the language of story. A huge portion of the New Testament is written in the language of story with the four gospels telling the story of Jesus' earthly ministry and with the book of Acts telling the story of the Spirit's ministry through the early church. One of the great ways for you to gain a firm grasp of the New Testament, or even the whole Bible, is to keep a notebook with a list of the Bible's stories in it, the references where they can be found, and a one sentence summary of the lesson each story teaches. If Jesus used stories to communicate God's truth, then let's learn those stories and let them come to life in us!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the story of your love and grace found in the Bible. Thank you that Jesus used stories to communicate many of your truths. Please help me to learn these stories and have the Holy Spirit open my mind and heart to understand and apply them to my life. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 1:35-38
  • Luke 15:11
  • Luke 18:1

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.