“No one ever spoke like this man!”
“He taught with real authority quite unlike their teachers of religious law.”
Jesus, full of grace and truth (John 1:14) used common examples such as seeds, birds, ﬂowers, farming and wineskins. These were references people would have easily understood in their time.
Jesus spoke in parables, comparing the Kingdom of Heaven to pearls buried in ﬁelds; brides looking for lost coins; workers complaining about wages; persistent and irritated neighbors; and wise and foolish virgins.
He spoke with absolute power causing a detachment of soldiers to fall to the ground by simply saying “I Am”, (John 18:5), and sent His voice across the boundary of death commanding Lazarus to “come forth.” (John 11: 43)
Yet, Jesus also spoke softly with children, and whispered compassionately to a dead daughter, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” returning her to her parents. (Mark 5:41)
He stirred fear of displeasing God with the story of the rich man and Lazarus; demonstrated the importance of forgiveness in the wicked servant tale; and restoration through the narrative of the prodigal son.
He taught us how to pray; left record of His prayer for us in John 17; and intercedes for you and me today from the throne of God!
He knows every heart, and still speaks individually to us through His word, and guidance upon our lives. Through His teachings we learn of our Father’s inexpressible, and lavish love for us.