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.

Mark 6:
48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

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.

Luke 4:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

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.

John 1:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

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]