When asked about the greatest commandment, Jesus gave two: 1) Love God and 2) Love your neighbor as yourself. When asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus told a story. He used a narrative (without explanation) to help people understand the two great commandments.
When describing the kingdom of God, Jesus told stories. He told simple stories of physical things that everyone could understand in order to help explain spiritual things that they were having a hard time understanding. Again, many times he told these stories without explanation.
When Jesus wanted people to understand who much he cares for them and how he would never run away and leave them, he told stories. He compared himself to a shepherd who owns the sheep and contrasted himself with hired helpers.
When Jesus wanted his disciples to understand how important it was for them to stay connected to him, the told them a story, probably as they walked through a vineyard. He compared their relationship to the Father and to Himself to the connection between the gardener, the vine, and the branches.
Why do you think Jesus explained such important ideas and concepts using stories, often with very little explanation? Do you think we can use stories in the same way today? Why or why not?