The Teacher of all teachers
Mark 14:50 -
And they all forsook him, and fled.
The Bible records about three to three and a half years of the ministry of Jesus Christ with the miracle of Cana being the first recorded. But if one reads even at this time Jesus already had disciples and it was He and his disciples along with His mother were guest to the wedding.
Historic documents show Jesus as a Jew and a true Levi fulfilled scriptures and dedicated Himself to the Temple work right from the age of twenty one. He Himself studied scriptures even though He was God who humbled Himself and came as man. He used none of His 'God powers' throughout His human life and was 100percent man in every way.
Among the many titles Jesus had was one which referred to Him as Teacher. All of history has no man who was better than Jesus in explaining or teaching anyone. The 3 Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke concentrate on the teachings of Jesus. The methods Jesus used then, even today if applied are the best to teach any person. The teachings which Jesus gave had people understand them then and even today people are still understanding them! The teachings had so much depth that everybody received a small part of its understanding and are still doing.
When it came to teaching a common crowd Jesus used lots of symbolism, current historic events, geographical data, culture etc. so the simplest of simple as well as the intellect received varying amounts of understanding. For His close disciples Jesus used very simple, plain words when He was in private with them. But when it came to the over smart ones like the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Priests; Jesus would answer their questions mostly with a question, more than making them understand Jesus was shaking their understanding.
Even though Jesus was the best of best human teacher that man ever had, yet we see in today's message His best students failed to a point that they all forsook Him. We find many among them had great revelations of Jesus yet when the test came they all failed miserably. They really came to know Jesus and fully understood His teaching only when they received the Holy Spirit.
Even though Jesus was the best human teacher yet He was not comparable to the Teacher of all teachers which is the Spirit of Truth. Jesus as man was limited, while the Spirit of God is not. The Holy Spirit teaches us better than any human teacher which included the man Jesus. We as human may even come to the level of teaching people like Jesus did but if we have wisdom like Jesus we would do what Jesus did. He knew His limitation as man and therefore handed over His students to the ultimate Teacher.
Let us not be foolish to lead people all their lives. When I see people being led by the same person over many years and not having a relationship with the Ultimate Teacher than either the person is a common man and not a disciple or the teacher is a failure.
Make true disciples by bringing them to the point that they are handed over to the True Teacher. The Kingdom of God is suffering because people are failing as good teachers to make disciple for the Lord but are making disciples for themselves.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, You came as man to be the corner stone. Lord, the people have failed to know You and align themselves to You and imitate You. They call themselves Christians but fail in imitating Christ. Father, we pray they know there is no one better than You as a Teacher and that more and more people are led by You and not by man...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 and Jesus also was bidden, and his disciples, to the marriage.
John 3:2 - The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, 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.
Matthew 23:8 - But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all ye are brethren.
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