The Greatest Teacher
† "He taught as one who had authority,
and not as their teachers of the law." (Matt. 7:29)
† †The famous
English author and historian, H.G. Wells said: "I am a historian. I am
not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless
preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus
Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history." In fact,
Jesus Christ is not only the Savior of human being; he is also a great
teacher. How he taught the truth and the methods he used are excellent examples for good teachers to follow.
†† He was creativeóIn the Sermons on the Mount,
Jesus unveiled many unique points of view about the Mosaic Laws that freed
audiences from the jargon of Jewish traditions. He pointed out that the Laws
taught "not to kill!"; but whoever hated his brothers, though he did
not murder, he also subjected to Godís judgement because God judged one's motives.
Only way to have real peace with others is to forgive them from the heart
†† He used the metaphor - Using simple story or
metaphor can explain the truth clearly and help listeners to understand better.
In order to convert the truth into action, we need to understand them and
know how to apply in our life and practice them. The parable of the sower (Matt.13:
3), the story of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30), and the story of the
prodigal son (Luke 15:11); all are good metaphors.
†† He taught repeatedly - People are forgetful,
especially things that are contrary to their own preferences. In order to
change or correct peopleís behaviors, A teacher has to teach repeatedly.
Since people get bored easily, a good teacher has to explain it from
different angles. Jesus spoke at least three times about being true disciples
(Luke 14:27), three times about Heavenly Father's search for the lost (Luke
15: 3), many times of teaching about prayer, and etc.. He repeatedly emphasized
†† He taught by doing- The most effective teaching
is to demonstrating how to apply what we teach in action. Jesus washed disciples'
feet to teach them to humbly love one another (John 13: 3); he talked with a Samaritan
woman at the well to teach disciples to preach the gospel to those they did
not like(John 4:7).
The Lord Jesus, who is the Son of Man,
is not only the Savior of the world, but He is also a humble teacher. His
greatness is extraordinary in the ordinary!