What Jesus Did! 'Telling Stories' — Mark 4:1-2

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Another time Jesus began teaching by the lake. Many, many people gathered around Jesus. So Jesus got into a boat and went out on the lake. All the people stayed on the shore next to the water. Jesus taught the people from the boat. Jesus used many stories to teach them. He said,
— Mark 4:1-2 NLT
Illustration of Mark 4:1-2 NLT —  Jesus used many stories to teach them.

Key Thought

I find it interesting when a good preacher or Bible teacher is criticized for telling too many stories. Yes, there are some speakers who only go for the "emotional tug" on people's hearts by telling one story after another. On the other hand, we need to not only pay attention to WHAT Jesus taught, but we also need to notice HOW he taught it! Jesus engaged people's imaginations and made everyday events, images, and experiences into hooks on which he could hang God's truth about the Kingdom. One of the reasons that he attracted large crowds involved his miracles. But, Jesus is very careful not to allow himself to become "The Miracle Man." Interestingly, Jesus is not called the Healer, but the Teacher! His words were powerful because they were true. His teaching was influential because it carried with it the ring of heaven's truth. But let's not forget that his teaching was popular because he knew how to engage people's hearts, minds, and imaginations when he taught. One of the ways he did that was telling stories. Amazingly, these stories still speak to us today!

Today's Prayer

Loving Father and Almighty God, please help me grow in my ability to teach the truth of Jesus. I want to teach it through the example of my life. I want to communicate that truth to those around me in my sphere of influence. Father, I also offer myself to be used by you to teach others about Jesus in any fashion you choose. And when my opportunities to teach your truth come, please help me know how to teach in ways that engage the hearts and minds of those I'm trying to reach. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Mark 1:21-22
  • Mark 6:34

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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.