Walking In Truth Devotional update
Jesus, The Master Teacher
Matt. 7:28-29; Luke 4:31-32
“Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority.”
The officers who went to arrest Jesus returned without Him and replied, when questioned as to why they had brought Him, ““No man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:46).
While Jesus was called Lord, Savior, Master, and Redeemer, He was also called Teacher. In fact, He was called Teacher 60 times. He even used the term Himself: “You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am” (John 13:13).
Matthew described the ministry of Jesus as one of teaching as He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” (Matt. 4:23). Nicodemus said, “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him” (John 3:2).
There can be no doubt that the teaching of Jesus evoked both wonder and animosity which continues even today when the teaching of Jesus is preached and taught. The nature of His message was bound to ignite much controversy because He opposed sin and unrighteousness, but He was not a rabble-rouser. He was the Prince of Peace according to Isaiah 9:6-7, and His desire was to lead people to the peace of God. However, the adversaries of God opposed Him and His teaching and even charged Him with operating by the power of Satan (Matt. 12:24). There was organized Jewish conspiracy against the life and ministry of Jesus throughout His life until they finally were able to stir the authorities into killing Him.
Despite His enemies His teaching excited people then and throughout the ages. Two thousand years have passed and over two billion people bear His name. Christianity has spread from Jerusalem to every corner of the globe as was prophesied. While His teaching stirred animosity among those who oppose God and His Word, Jesus has successfully stirred wonder in every precious soul wanting the peace He offers.
One of the formal sermons preached by Jesus was the awesome Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7 and it demonstrates why He is the Master Teacher. But Jesus was also a great skilled conversationalist. As one writer said, “He was intentional and thoughtful when he spoke. He was so skilled at the art of conversation that He even befriended people who were very different from himself—without ever compromising who He was or what He believed.” Consider a few of those conversations:
When Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader, went to see Jesus, He was able to introduce him to citizenship in the Kingdom of God (John 3:1-21). Jesus taught him about being born again and that it required being born of the water and the Spirit. He used Moses lifting the brazen serpent in the wilderness to illustrate obedience. He stressed the fact that God had given the greatest gift in the world for the salvation of sinners.
Another great conversation was when Jesus engaged the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42). Jesus was able to get her into conversation and taught her great lessons about living water and worship under the New Testament. She was so impressed with her conversation with Jesus she went and told the people of her city “to come and see a Man who told me all things that I ever did.”
Jesus used many methods of teaching: He taught using questions, answered questions, taught using parables, spoke with authority, He was competent, He taught through His actions, He taught using events related to life, taught values directly and indirectly, He was a masterful story teller, and He taught in such a way that He aroused interest. His life was an example of truth and righteousness and He challenged anyone to convict Him of sin.
“The benevolent influence of Jesus’ teaching is beyond reasonable dispute. Even the skeptical philosopher Ernest Renan (1823-92), who opposed Christian tradition on almost all points, stated: “Jesus will ever be the creator of the pure spirit of religion; the Sermon on the Mount will never be surpassed” (1991, 221).” (Wayne Jackson)
By Guy Roberson
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