Jesus used symbolism. He used symbolic images such as the Good Shepherd, the Door, the Vine and the Light; symbolic actions such as washing the disciples' feet and entering into Jerusalem; symbolic numbers such as seventy times seven; symbolic objects such as water, bread, wine and oil.
Symbols are a rich treasury of the Christian message. By using symbols intelligently we have a meaningful and vivid communication of the Gospel.
- As a secret sign among the faithful during times of persecution.
- As a means of teaching biblical truths to those unable to read.
- As a way of reminding believers of God's sovereignty over all creation.
- As a means of memorializing God's divine activity in human history.