Jesus was an incredible communicator. He used words and actions to teach. There’s an interesting insight given to us in Mark chapter 6 about the disciples’ ability to grasp Jesus’ message. At the end of a long day of ministry together, the disciples are fighting a storm at sea. Bear in mind that they heard Jesus preach all day and helped distribute the miracle of loaves and fish feeding thousands of people.
The disciples had the words of Jesus in abundance. The message was clearly articulated, but they had not understood the medium of loaves and fish. They had hard hearts towards the activity of the gospel and yet had listened all day to teaching.
We must guard our hearts from being only focused on words and not on the servant tasks of the gospel.
Jesus gave us his mission statement in Luke chapter 4.
What we need to grasp is the physicality of Jesus’ mission. The gospel was not just words from Heaven, but an incarnation--a physical embodiment of the message.
Think about the message of Jesus and the medium. They are inseparable.
Referring to this passage, Eric McLuhan (son of Marshall McLuhan) said, “Christ is he through whom all things were made – he is the medium of creation. He is also called the Word, the Logos and we have that wonderful passage in Revelation, the opening, In the beginning was the word, it starts, so yes, Christ is the medium, in more ways than one: he is the medium of salvation as well as the medium of creation. And that medium of salvation aspect is very much the message – that there is no occasion for despair but only for hope. Heavens I would say that is a pretty good message, wouldn't you?” [i]