Tuesday, 16 October 2007

How did Jesus do it?

Let’s look at how Jesus engaged.

He told stories to the crowds. These were memorable, painting graphic pictures. But they were often oblique, prompting people to question what he meant.
Examples: The Parable of the Lost Coin – Luke 15:8-9 / The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant – Matthew 18:21-35

He confronted religion in those who should have known better.
Examples: Demons and Beelzebub – Matthew 12:22-37 / Seven Woes – Matthew 23

He taught his disciples, explaining the parables and correcting their mistakes.
Examples: Teaches prayer – Luke 11:1-13 / Correcting Disciples – Matthew 17:14-23

He did good, and demonstrated God’s goodness.
Example: Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10 / Pool of Bethesda – John 5:1-15

He made announcements, but not church notices!
Examples: Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand – Matthew 4:17 / Destroy this temple – John 2:19

He answered questions, although not necessarily like people expected.
Examples: Whose wife will she be? – Mark 12:18-27 / Caught in the act – John 8:1-11

What do you do? What will you do?

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