Forty-eight times in the gospels, Jesus is referred to as “The Teacher.” Jesus was and is the greatest Teacher that ever lived.
Matthew 13:54 – And when He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?”
Matthew 22:23 – And when the multitudes heard this they were astonished at His teaching.
One time, the Pharisees sent soldiers to arrest Jesus because He was teaching the multitudes, but when the soldiers got to where Jesus was, they were in awe because of His teaching. They couldn’t arrest Him and said to the Pharisees: John 7:46 – The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”
Here is why Jesus was and is the greatest teacher ever: He taught authoritatively.
Matthew 7:28, 29 – And so it was, when Jesus had ended these saying, that the people were astonished at His teaching, (Verse 29) for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
This was after Jesus had given the Sermon on the Mount. There was authority in His teaching. These people had never heard anyone teach like that before. They had been used to the scribes just reading Scripture with no understanding or adding their own, no fire.
One of the rules in the synagogue was that no scribe could contradict what another scribe had taught. There was not any way for anyone to come up with anything new or fresh because they were afraid that they might say something that might be the opposite of what another said.
However, with the scribes, the only way to see or hear something fresh was to make up a new rule. The scribes or rabbis made up 640 laws to be able for them, to fulfill the Ten Commandments. God gave 10 and they gave 640 more laws. How boring that must have been. But then along comes Jesus, and they were astonished!
Believe it or not, there are churches still like this today: You can’t go to the movies; you can’t watch TV; women wear long dresses only; no jewelry; can’t cut their hair and on and on. The only thing new in their sermons is when they make up a new rule.
However, if you want to see something new and fresh, open your Bible! That’s what Jesus did. He walked into their synagogue and taught with authority and the reason He taught with authority was that He was Authority! He was Truth speaking!
Jesus is the greatest Teacher and all His teachings are in the Bible. Here’s the amazing thing: He is right there with you every time you open your Bible to read His Word!
Jesus taught practically.
Jesus never spoke “religious nonsense.” I’ll just paraphrase some of the things He said: (1)”If you’re mad at someone, don’t come to church and pretend you’re not. Go make things right with that person.” (However, sometimes that is not possible when the other person doesn’t think they did anything wrong.) (2) “Don’t worry about tomorrow Tomorrow has enough problems.” (3) “You cannot serve God and money.” (4) “Stop being selfish and start being generous.”
Jesus was very practical. He said one time when they asked Him a question, “Have you not read?”… It’s in the Bible. Do you want to know how to get to heaven? It’s in the Bible. Do you want to know how to have a good marriage? It’s in the Bible. Do you want to know how to have a family? It’s in the Bible. Everything we need to know pertaining to life, it’s in the Bible!
Here is how practical He was when He had finished up the Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 7:24 – “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken to him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: (Verse 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. (Verse 26) “Now 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; (Verse 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.”
He taught graphically.
Jesus never gave long boring lectures. Multitudes followed Him to hear His teachings. People followed Him into deserted places where there was no food. His teachings were more important than food.
We think in pictures and stories, stories put to pictures. Do you remember in Matthew 19, when Jesus told them that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God? He was speaking graphically to the people so they could see how impossible that would be. It’s as if He is painting a picture in their minds.
Matthew 7:3 – “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”
We imagine this log in our own eye while looking at a little speck in another’s and try to tell them how to get that speck out of theirs. We can see how ridiculous this is, but that’s the point Jesus was making.
We can take the stories that Jesus told and bring them into modern times because the principles and truths He taught are still there. Take any story that Jesus shared in the Scriptures and no matter what time period or culture you change it to, the principles and truths are the same.
Jesus was and still is the greatest Teacher that ever lived and still lives.