Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Often when reading about Jesus’ actions, you will see that he travels back and forth from one side of the Sea of Galilee to the other. Whenever they were on the Jewish side, they crossed over to the other side. Why? He performed the same works among the non-Jewish world as with the Jews. When Jesus was outside of the Jewish, holy huddle territory, he never urged them to change their religious culture, but let them remain right where they grew up. None of that seemed to matter to Jesus as long as they were drawn to him.
My blinders kept me from even noticing that Jesus moved back and forth from the Jews to those of other nations. There’s something greater going on here with Jesus. JESUS is the name above all names. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus is the King of all kings and the Master of all masters. Therefore the conversation about Jesus must be advanced to every nation or culture.
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” Matthew 13:11-17
Leaving them, He again embarked and went away to the other side. And they had forgotten to take bread, and did not have more than one loaf in the boat with them. And He was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” They began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.” “When I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?” And they said to Him, “Seven.” And He was saying to them, “Do you not yet understand?” Mark 8:13-26
Advancing the conversation of Jesus requires that you introduce and reintroduce him to those who come your way. This is conversation. More tomorrow…