October 7, 2018
Speaker: Ian Campbell
Jesus’ main communication style was storytelling. The great truths he wanted us to understand were wrapped in story, sometimes delighting, sometimes baffling, but always capturing the attention and imagination of his audience. Just as we saw that John picked out Jesus’ “I am..” statements so we see that Luke was particularly interested in Jesus’ stories. He actually recorded 19 that are unique to him which we will ponder over the summer months. What was the individual and collective meaning of these tales?
Luke gives us life lessons as he recounts stories that Jesus told. In this case he is particularly poignant. He presents two men who go to the temple to pray and Luke tells us that the reason for the story is to warn us against self-righteousness and a smug approach to religion. He comes again to his favourite story theme of humility. Should we have some kind of righteousness scan before we are allowed to board for worship?