Jesus was a brilliant metaphorical theologian. This was another insight from the conference I attended in Thailand.
1. He told an entertaining story
2. The story revolved ethical issues and values
3. The story included a hidden message about the Kingdom
4. The story might include a Christological reference.
Interestingly, metaphors help us link our left brain (cognitive, language) with our right brain (pictures, creative). Jesus told stories because he understood how we’re made – and so intentionally integrated thinking and feeling.