by Kelvin Onongha
Jesus is perhaps the greatest Storyteller in history. He told stories not to entertain crowds, not to carry on a philosophic dialogue with seekers and skeptics, and not to establish a name for Himself as the Transmitter of knowledge and wisdom. He told stories—simple and elegant—to reveal the nature of God, the problem of sin, and God’s redemptive mission. Jesus was the Great Communicator of the deep and abiding lessons in the plan of salvation in simple and understandable forms.1 He spoke the language of the people and showed keen understanding of their pains and pleasures.2 As a Master Teacher, He taught theology that was rooted in day-to-day life and experiences rather than in abstract and abstruse theories. Although His stories and sayings were vivid reflections of everyday life of the period3 in which He lived, they still carry a timeless value to our own time.