Another very important type of evidence is called demonstrative. Demonstrative evidence can be simulations, and models that are useful for assisting a finder of fact in establishing context among the facts. Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God (KoG) using demonstrative evidence called parables and word pictures. These animated stories simplistically described the hidden truths of the Kingdom, its operations and it relationship to us and the world.
Mark 4:33-34 And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. 34 But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.
Matthew 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
The reason Jesus used this style of evidence was so that he could explain the multiple concepts of the kingdom using a common language that the average person could understand. The spiritual kingdom is invisible and therefore explaining its principles required material examples that could be understood by the people of that day who were hearing the message. Besides that, His audience had little to no concept of spiritual things.
By following the example of Christ we can reach our audience and jury of peers to establish spiritual facts that cannot be understood with our physical senses. Only after the resurrection of Christ has the spiritual kingdom become available to all of mankind. There is now a spiritual consciousness among mankind that can grasp the concepts of spiritual truth and allow the ones that choose to become free of the bonds in this material world.
Forgiveness, repentance, faith and grace are just a few of the concepts that have been made available to us today. Though we cannot fully understand the all-mighty, all-present and all-knowledge, characteristics of God, we can begin to create and understand, models using our earthly concepts. As we repeat the demonstrative examples that Christ used these stories become common and begin to convey spiritual truth.
Matthew 13:44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Matthew 13:45-46 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
To sell or give away everything in this earth realm for God’s Kingdom should be a reasonable response to any person who finds it. So Jesus uses the 2 parables above to demonstrate this point about the value of His Father’s spiritual Kingdom. Not only does the Kingdom exist but its value is worth more than all a person’s material possessions. To sell everything from this world is a transaction that one should gladly make, speaks of the rare opportunity that must be undertaken when the opportunity presents itself.
This treasure or pearl that is hidden in the earth also speaks to our uniqueness as earthen vessels which have something wonderful on the inside of us. In other words the truly valuable thing about us is invisible from the outside. However the person who is awakened to this hidden value would be willing to sell everything and pay a large price even though outwardly appearances do not reveal the great value hidden within.
Isaiah 11:3 (Speaking of Christ) His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
It is impossible to discern spiritual value with the things of the material world. When Jesus asked His disciples who He was He responded to their answer by saying the “flesh and blood has not revealed this to you”. The things of the material world are incapable of showing forth spiritual truth. But we who are spiritually awake can use the things of the material world to present demonstrative evidence of material truths.
I encourage all of us who are awake to pull this type of evidence out of our locker and help awaken those that remain asleep to the freedom of God and His kingdom. As help enable other to see the Kingdom of God we fulfill our calling. We are the ones sent, with a mission from our Father, to our lost brothers and sisters that are in need of a spiritual awakening in Christ.