Have you ever seen any picture of Jesus Christ in writing posture? No, you won’t. Because he never wrote anything. But the largest number of books, in the world, is written about the works of Jesus and his sayings. He never wrote, yet some of his stories and parables are used even today for motivational talks. The phrases he coined have become part and parcel of many languages.
Why Jesus Christ never wrote is because he was always surrounded by thousands of people and out of them many were writers. They made note of all the works and sayings of Christ. It is said that hundreds of books were written by eyewitnesses who followed Jesus. Out of that, in the Bible, there are four books about the works of Jesus written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Matthew and John were among the twelve disciples of Jesus. Luke, a physician, followed Jesus everywhere. And Mark wrote the eyewitness account as told by the favourite disciple of Jesus, Peter.
Every writer’s dream is that their work continues to live for ages. The words of Jesus reverberates even today.
Bloggers can learn a few lessons about how to blog from the way Jesus communicated and connected with the multitude.
He is a storyteller
Jesus uses many stories and parables to make the multitude understand the messages that he gives them. He tells them the story of the Good Samaritan, to teach the people that they must love their enemies. He tells the story of the master who gives talents to his three servants. Whereby he explains that the people must utilize all the resources that God has given them. These stories are nowadays used for motivational training.
He uses the right platforms for his sermons
At the time of Jesus Ministry, there were no sound systems. His audience belonged to every class of the society from beggars to Royalties. His listeners followed him in multitudes, to listen to his teachings. So he chose his platforms where his sound could be heard to the thousands that followed him.
It might sound exaggerating, but it is a fact that five to seven thousand people including women and children followed him everywhere. There are two stories in the Bible, of miracles, where he feeds five and seven thousand people who came to listen to him.
It is said about the famous sermon on the mount that, “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down………….and He began to teach them,……….”(St Matthew 5:2,3). Those who have visited Israel say that the mountain has a good echo system. Whatever Jesus said reverberated on the mountains and reached the multitudes sitting far away from him.
Another time he sat on a boat and talked to the people standing beside of the Lake. “Jesus got into the boat belonging to Simon and asked him to put out a little from shore. And sitting down, He taught the people from the boat.” (St. Luke 5:3) Again, here the water of the lake reverberates what Jesus says.
On other occasions, he spoke at the synagogues. Every time his teachings touched the hearts of multitudes of listeners.
He had multitude of followers
A dream of every blogger is to have thousands of followers on facebook, twitter, google plus and Instagram. Jesus was followed by thousands wherever he went.
He spoke with authority
You can speak or write with authority when you have mastery over the subject. At the age of twelve, Jesus was asking questions to the teachers and priests in the temple. And they were marvelled at his understanding of the scriptures. When his parents came searching for him in the temple he told them that he was in his father’s (heavenly father) home.
He always spoke with authority sometimes to the discomfort of the authorities and the religious heads. But whatever he said he had open supporters like his disciples and secret supporter like Joseph of Arimathea.
His words created ripple effects
He never wrote a word. And whatever he said was written long after the ministry of Jesus Christ on Earth. Whatever he said was spread by word of mouth.
In the multitude of listeners, there were spies making a note of every word he said. There were teachers and religious heads waiting for a chance to trap him with questions. He had a good mixture of listeners and critiques around him.
From the public, he got instant reactions for whatever he did or said. The public was always aware of his itinerary. One day Jesus decided to enter the temple of Jerusalem. When the people came to know they spread his path with their robes, held palm leaves in their hand and shouted Hosanna.
When Jesus entered the temple he saw it was turned into a marketplace. He drove all the merchants out with a chord used to driving out animals, saying “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’, But, you have made it a den of robbers!”
He said and did things what often others thought, but they never dared to express. Readers expect the bloggers, they follow, to write things that the reader often thinks but is unable to express. He expects the blogger to express ideas with boldness, clarity and authority.