Hopefully, most of us have a special teacher whom we remember more than the rest. We may recall where we sat in the class, who was next to us, what course it was, the practical lessons that were taught, the more meaningful life messages that were imparted, and the relationship that existed. In retrospect, we may even see the influence in our own lives from the teaching, from the teacher.
Each one of us can have THE special Teacher in our lives Who is above all the rest . . . Imagine having the opportunity to take the elective class taught by The Teacher Jesus, the One who can impart the most powerful life messages of all time to us. We think about the cost, the other choices, and decide to take His class, not yet fully aware of the actual cost involved.
The Master Teacher welcomes us at the door, shaking our hands and introducing Himself as He has been identified before by former classmates: “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.” (John 13:13). We are awed and humbled, unsure if we are worthy to enter, but His smile assures us that He wants us here.
Where should we choose to sit—up front, directly at His feet; in the middle, not that bold; in the back, still unsure of our place here? How prepared are we to listen, to take notes, to grasp the meaning?
We sit down; we listen; we hear–and we, too, are amazed like those who heard Him teach before: (28) When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, (29) because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. (Matthew 7:28-29).
The class continues on a daily basis and every day we ask: How many lessons will we recall when we return to our homes, to our jobs, to our everyday lives? How many will we actually live by? How many will we impart and share with others? The answers partially depend on what relationship we have—and continue to have– with this Teacher.
As we depart from the classroom, our “Teacher and Lord” imparts a powerful message to us: (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
“The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher” (Luke 6:40).
Have we been good students?
(Sharon G. Tate blog 07/12/15) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word