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?
Jesus touches on a familiar situation both in His day and in many places in our world today. The homeowner returns late into the night and expects that the watchman will be awake and vigilant and ready to spring into action. In this story we can imagine ourselves the watchmen and Jesus the returning homeowner. In what ways should we be vigilant?