Jesus spoke to the crowds by illustrations.
Simple illustrations are often the best kind to use. For example, when explaining to a householder that God is superior to Jesus, we can mention that both God and Jesus used a family reference when describing their relationship. God referred to Jesus as his Son, and Jesus spoke of God as his Father. Next, we might ask: “If you wanted to teach me that two people are equal, what type of family relationship would you use to illustrate the point?” The person may mention siblings—even twins. If he does, we could point out how natural that comparison seems to be. Then we might ask: “If you and I could come up with this illustration so readily, would not Jesus—the Great Teacher—have thought of the same comparison? Instead, he spoke of God as being his Father. Jesus thus portrayed God as being older and having more authority than he had.”
It is astounding that people can be so blind to the truth. A father/son relationship is so simple an infant grasps the concept. Yet, great theologians can’t seem to understand it. Amazing!
Jehovah’s Witnesses are blessed to know the truth about Jehovah and Christ. However, the same blinding phenomenon that is exhibited by the masses who believe that Jesus is God is a work on another level when it comes to the Watchtower’s unreasoning attachment to 1914.
Take Jesus’ simple illustration of the wheat and the weeds and the harvest, as set forth in the 13th chapter of Mathew. Although Jesus spoke to the crowds by means of illustrations in private he explained his parables to his apostles. According to Jesus the harvest is a conclusion of a system and the reapers are angels. He went on to explain: “Therefore, just as the weeds are collected and burned with fire, so it will be in the conclusion of the system of things. The Son of man will send his angels, and they will collect out from his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling and people who practice lawlessness, and they will pitch them into the fiery furnace. There is where their weeping and the gnashing of their teeth will be. At that time the righteous ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Let the one who has ears listen.”
A few years ago the Watchtower revised several of their interpretations of Jesus’ illustrations as to the timing of when the faithful slave is appointed over all the master’s belongings and when it is that the bridegroom comes, which have been the topic of numerous articles in the Watchtower Review category.