Here is the devotional:
Jesus told great stories. More than just for fun, telling stories was his special strategy for driving change. His stories are like a slow drip into our souls; a powerful, subtle way of changing our minds, then our hearts, then inspiring a revolution.
Once a whole hillside of people sat for days just listening to Jesus’ stories. Usually Jesus incorporated his message into the normal things we text and post about—work, friends, our vacations, our gardens, our kids. He used stories to explain our lives.
For instance, you can talk about love all day, but dare you not to be moved when you hear about a loyal father who waits up for his rebellious son to come home, watches the road for any glimpse of him, and keeps the porch light on all night.
Or try to explain kindness—and then listen to Jesus’ story about the workers who got rewarded way beyond what they earned or the widow who wore down a judge with her repeated request for help—and the stories make mercy something real.
But one of Jesus’ stories struck a particular nerve.
Just to be clear, no one in that crowd ever called a Samaritan “good.” Jews called them half-breed, heathen, and other slurs. Yet Jesus told about the day when a Samaritan came upon a beaten and robbed Jewish man left for dead on the treacherous road out of Jericho. The Samaritan stopped and cared for the Jew, at his own expense just like he would a neighbor—unlike the racist, religious men who stepped over the beat-up guy on their way to worship, of all things. The Samaritan lived every day under the weight of people’s hatred yet served up kindness to the broken.
Jesus stuns us with stories like that. In his brief, troubled life, he found out what it’s like to walk our streets and feel the joy and sting of relationships. He understood from experience what it means to live like us—to experience sorrow, loneliness, and what it feels like to be misunderstood. Every scar, every injustice is seen in a new light. Each of his stories shot an arrow into the crowd and pierced someone’s heart.
Not everyone will understand these stories, Jesus said, only the ones who are willing to change.
Here are the scriptures referenced:
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Luke 10:36-37 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
Jesus spoke in parables. His stories were everyday life issues with the truth interwoven in there.
He never used big words to impress people with his knowledge.
He never spoke out in anger except the one time at the temple with the money changers.
That was the only time in scripture that I can get the idea that he yelled as there are no sentences in ALL caps (one of my pet peeves…J’s)
Many of us bloggers do the same. We write stories about real life issues with the truth interwoven within the stories.
But I wonder 🤔…do our words have a lasting impact on someone’s life like Jesus’ words did?
One can only pray that words we use are touched by the Lord and used for his glory by being applied in someone’s life!
3 thoughts on “Jesus: He Gets Us | Jesus Was A Social Influencer”
My favorite speech from the Master was in John. After having the multitude follow Him for some time, Jesus finally gets serious with them. He said eat my flesh and drink my blood or you have no life in you. He is that bread from Heaven. After that sermon they left and followed him no more. Jesus held His ground and stood strong. He didn’t falter or faint. That’s my Jesus! Bless you Stu!
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I do believe our posts / words have an impact on people’s lives. Even though we are a “read and delete,” if our posts really are inspired by God’s Holy Spirit, then they stick with the reader. The reader may later not remember where exactly they heard or read something, but God’s Word will not return to Him void. He will always use it for His purposes and His glory.
Like you, I have often wondered why there is no particular emotion attached to Jesus in the New Testament. Even the Temple cleansing. We can imagine how He felt or spoke; but that’s putting our feelings onto Him. The translations just say ‘He said” or “He taught…” We know Jesus must have felt emotion because He was human: He wept; had joy (“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you” Jn 15.11). But as much as we can envision Him rolling His eyes once in a while at His disciples, I don’t think He ever did. But I do think there was much laughter. And overall peace.
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I agree with the laughter part Kathy. Jesus’ disciples were his friends so there would be some good times. But I do see him rolling his eyes at Peter every know and then😂
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