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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Jesus the Teacher Master Teacher of All with Pure Love

By: Francis Hirak

The whole career of Jesus the teacher, as King-priest, was to educate people in God’s law and will. As the royal Messiah, the foretold “twig out of the stump of Jesse (David’s father),” Jesus, master teacher of all mankind, must manifest the ‘spirit of God in wisdom, counsel, mightiness, knowledge, along with the fear of God.’ Thereby, God-fearing people would find “enjoyment by Him.” (Isaiah 11:1-3) says: “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. 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;”

Therefore, the career of Jesus, teacher of all, was bearing witness to the truth,’ to the things to which God had sworn. Jesus was thus no shadow Messiah or Christ. He was the real one promised. Jesus was no shadow king-priest. He was, in substance and fact, the true one that had been prefigured. (Rom 15:8) says: “Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers.” Compare (Psalm 18:49) “Therefore I will give thanks to You O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name.”

Jesus, as a teacher, was to accomplish His ministry in bearing witness to the truth. This was a job that required more of Jesus than merely talking, preaching and teaching. Besides shedding His heavenly glory to be born as a human, He had to fulfill all the things prophesied about Him, including the shadows or patterns contained in the Law covenant. (Col 2:16-17) says: “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.”

To uphold the truth of His Father’s prophetic word and promises, Jesus our teacher had to live in such a way as make that truth become reality, fulfilling it by what He said and did, how He lived and how He died. Thus, Jesus the master teacher had to be the truth, in effect, the embodiment of the truth, as Jesus our teacher Himself said he was. (John 14:6) says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus the teacher of God’s ways aimed his message not merely at men’s minds but primarily at their hearts, proving Himself to be Jesus, the master teacher, using penetrating questions to cause them to think, arrive at their own conclusions, search their hearts, make decisions. (Matt 17:25) says: “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from “strangers?” (Mark 3:4) says: “He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to kill?” (Luke 10:26) says: He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” (John 8:46) says: “Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?”

Jesus was a teacher that did not strive to win over the masses but to awaken the hearts of those sincerely hungering for truth and righteousness. (Matt 5:6) says: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

Jesus, the master teacher, was considerate of the limited understanding of his spectators and even of his disciples and used discernment in His teachings as to how much information to give them. (John 16:12) says: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” Jesus, teacher of God’s word. never watered down God’s massage in a effort to gain popularity or curry favor. His speech was straightforward, even blunt at times. (Matt 5:37) says: “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” Compare (Luke 11:37-52).

The unparalleled wisdom found in the teachings of Jesus, who was more than Solomon, is one of the most powerful evidences that he was indeed the master teacher, Son of God. The gospel accounts could never be the mere product of imperfect men’s minds or imagination.(Matt 12:42) says: “The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.”

Jesus, the teacher’s manner of teaching was remarkably effective for it says in (John 7:45-46) “Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, ‘Why have you not brought Him?‘ The officers answered, ‘No man ever spoke like this Man!’” Jesus presented matters of great weight and depth with simplicity, brevity and clarity. He illustrated His points in His teachings with things well known to His listeners (Matt 13:34-35) - to fishermen (Matt 13:47-48), shepherds (Matt 13:3-9) builders (John 10:1-17), farmers (Luke 14:28-30), merchants and so forth. Simple things like old garments, bread, wineskins, salt and water were used as symbols of things of great importance, even as they were so used in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Jesus, our teacher proved himself to be the promised “wonderful Counselor” (Isaiah 9:12) says: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” By His knowledge of God’s Word and will, by His understanding of human nature, his ability to get at the heart of questions and issues and to show the solution to problems of daily living, Jesus the teacher indeed proved Himself to be the master teacher of all. The well-known “Sermon on the Mount” is a prime example of this. (Matt. Chaps. 5 through 7)

Through the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the teacher, who is our master teacher, gives us good counsel on the way to true happiness, the settling of quarrels, how to avoid immorality, how to deal with those showing enmity, the true practice of righteousness free from hypocrisy, the right attitude toward the material things of life, confidence in God’s generosity, the golden rule for right relationships with others, the means for detecting religious frauds, how to build for a secure future. The crowds were “astounded at His way of teaching; for He was teaching them as a person having authority, and not as their scribes.” (Matt 7:28-29).

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