When the King of Persia needed to get a message to his people, he “… sent letters to all parts of the empire, to each province in its own script and language” (Esther 1:21, NLT). When the “godfather” wants to get word out to the streets — he sends a “heavy.” Even my Chihuahua, when she wants my attention, she hops around, twirls in circles and dances by the door.
Every man, woman and child begins trying to communicate from the first “waah” as a baby, to the final “sigh” at death. And we go to great lengths to express ourselves. Have you ever seen an adult trying to “connect” with a baby? They really get creative by making gestures, funny faces and goofy noises. They tickle and poke, say “Coo” and “Goochie-goo,” trying to talk the baby’s language in an attempt to communicate.
We live in a world of communication. From the least to the greatest, we all have something to say, a message to send. And we do whatever it takes to get our point across.
Jesus did what it took, and He got His point across. And the last thing on His heart before departing Earth was revealed when He instructed His disciples to, “Go tell. Tell the world the Good News of what I did for them” (Mark 16:15, paraphrased). Then He told them ways to be creative.
A man once told his son who had not followed instructions: “You are either being disobedient, or you didn’t understand my instructions because I failed to communicate properly.” That statement reminded me of a famous quote from the 1967 movie, “Cool Hand Luke,” when a prison official told an inmate, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
What Jesus didn’t have was a failure to communicate. The last thing on Jesus’ heart … should be the first thing on our minds.
Let’s get the Word out — whatever it takes — in this generation.
Jan Matthews is a writer for The Seed Company.