The Power of A Story

Have you ever wondered why Jesus Christ, the greatest leader who ever lived, told so many stories?  From the story of the Good Samaritan, to the Parable of the Talents, to the story of The Prodigal Son, Jesus was constantly telling stories and parables, particularly to those individuals closest to Him.  When someone asked Jesus a question and He wanted to make a point, He would often respond with a story.  Jesus understood that stories are powerful motivating forces in our life- they connect to our hearts.  And not only did Jesus tell stories, many stories have been told about Him.  Essentially, the four Gospels in the Bible are a collection of stories written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John about Jesus.

One of the types of stories that Jesus told was a parable.  On one occasion, Matthew 13:34 says,“Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; He did not say anything to them without using a parable.”  The word “parable” comes from the Greek word parabolee.  “Para” means beside and “bolee” means throw.  Parables are stories that you throw alongside someone, motivating them and reminding them of the point of the parable.   

Stories are also memorable. If you think about the meaningful sermons you have heard in your life, most people remember the stories in the sermon better than the actual points of the sermon.  The stories and parables that Jesus taught have remained with us and affect millions of people’s behavior every day.