Much of Jesus teaching was in parables or readily understood stories, using familiar objects to bring out a spiritual truth, so clarifying or illustrating the point He was making.  The stories convey the truth by giving real life situations to which people can readily relate and ‘flesh-out’ the teaching to help retain the concept or ideas. Visual images (object lessons) can make an indelible impression in the mind, especially when coupled with a readily understood story. We should endeavour to make our teaching memorable too, for lifetime transformation.

See also: image, parables, teaching.