Good stories are great. Whether it’s a movie or book, stories can move us in ways other forms of communication cannot. Some of us have favorite books and I often ask for suggestions for great stories. I particularly like historical fiction. Jesus was a very good storyteller.
Parables have the unique ability to transcend space and time. You see, in Jesus’ stories, you don’t just encounter characters, you are a character. You’re not just reading “a” story, it’s “your” story. A parable takes something abstract and makes it concrete.