TOPIC: Jesus Our Teacher
MEMORISE: 2 John 1:9
Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God, he that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, hath both the Father and the Son.
READ: Matthew 7:24-28
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
John 3:1-2 tells us clearly that Jesus was a teacher. It may amaze you that throughout His ministry on earth, nobody ever called Him Evangelist or Prophet or Pastor; they kept calling Him ‘Teacher’. Everywhere Jesus went, He went teaching, including by the seaside (Mark 2:13). Jesus is a teacher and likes to relate with us as such; this is good news because the teacher is held responsible for the success or failure of a student.
If the teacher can then prove that the student failed because he or she refused to obey instructions, then the teacher is relieved of that responsibility. You see this clearly when Jesus gave His report at the end of His time on earth in John 17:12. He said: “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name:those that thou gavest me I have kept,and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.”
Thus if you listen to all Jesus’ instructions and obey Him, He will definitely help you make it to heaven at the end of time. After Jesus resurrected from the dead, His role advanced from teacher to Teacher of teachers. This is why, in John 20:16, Mary Magdalene called Him ‘Rabboni’, a special title used to honour great teachers. For those of us who are teachers of the gospel, James 3:1 says that we would receive greater condemnation on the last day if our works are found wanting. Of course, this is because such people are responsible for the souls of men that the Almighty God allocates to them.
The good news however, is that we have a Teacher who will teach us how to pass this great test on the last day. He is always there to teach you how to succeed in whatever assignment He commits into your hands. That is why I have always told my children not to get so busy with ministry that they lose connection with the Teacher of teachers.
Believe me honestly, without Him, you cannot do ministry right. You cannot be snatching souls from the devil’s kingdom and expect him to be soft on you. He will deploy many tactics to bring you down, but if you remain connected to the Teacher of teachers, you will win in the end. Stay connected to the Teacher of teachers.
Bible in one year: Jeremiah 33-36
Hymn 9 Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise