But then I began to ask, "Did Jesus ever not communicate well?" Could he ever had stated things more clearly? Did he ever misspeak? I know I have. What about Jesus?
This led me to thinking about sin. Is lack of clear communication a sin? Jesus was sinless. If not speaking clearly is not a sin, then could it be Jesus "did not find the right words" at times? But if miscommunicating is a sin, obviously, Jesus never miscommunicated.
Well, I decided to tell by wife with what I was wrestling. (Probably not saying all my words and thoughts clearly.) She said that Jesus probably never misspoke or miscommunicated. If people misunderstood Jesus, it was always the fault of the listener. In our discussion, my wife mentioned the parables of Jesus. Jesus told the disciples that he spoke in parables so that those people who were not part of the kingdom of God would not understand (Mark 4:11-12). So, Jesus told stories so that people would not purposefully understand? (By the way, I have read much literature advising pastors to tell stories. I have often wondered if they should consider Jesus' words about the parables. I have often talked with listeners of pastors who liked a story, but missed the point. I guess whether pastors tell stories or not should also depend upon the audience.)
Anyway, back to my wrestling. I thought about the gospel of John. In John Jesus often spoke spiritually and figuratively. His listeners often interpreted him physically and literally. "Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days" (John 2:19). The Jews thought he mean the Jewish temple building. Jesus was referring to his own body. Intriguingly, these words of Jesus and their misinterpretation came back to him as a false accusation. (Matthew 26:61)
Yes, many people misunderstood Jesus. Their hearts were hardened and sinful. They, like us, twist his words for their own purposes. However, the real clincher in my wrestling came with these words, "For I did not speak on my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say. (John 12:49-50) Did Jesus ever say anything wrong? Not at all. Jesus wouldn't rebel against his Father.
I wonder what would happen in my life if I followed Jesus' example and only spoke the words God told me or led me to say. Of course, that takes us to James' words, "no one can tame the tongue, "