365 Prophecies: Prophecy 213
The Messiah shall come as a Teacher, to reveal the things of God.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 48:17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 5:2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them…
Matthew 7:29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Matthew 13:54 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?
Mark 2:13 Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them.
Mark 4:2 Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching:
Mark 10:1 Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He taught them again.
John 8:2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.
John 3:1-2 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
Even at a very young age, Jesus is portrayed in the Gospels as a teacher. When Joseph and Mary set out to go to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover, on the return journey back to Nazareth, they discover that Jesus was not in the returning group.
Luke 2:41-49 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
Jesus had gone into the temple in Jerusalem and began to ask questions, not for his own personal enlightenment, but to cause the elders of Israel to think about what they held to so tightly in their traditions, and how those traditions compared with what God intended in His law.
Jesus would often ask questions in a rhetorical manner to cause the listener to think. Jesus taught by asking questions that caused a person to consider the answer for themselves. In going through the process of giving an answer to someone, we must think about the subject and come to an understanding of the problem ourselves. When we give an answer to someone after a question has been asked of us, we have considered the possible solutions and have come to a conclusion that we feel is best suited for the question asked. At twelve years old, Jesus already possessed the wisdom of eternity which exhibited to all those who heard Him, that what He spoke were the very words of God himself.
The mark of Jesus ministry was that of teaching. He saw the present condition of man and his suffering and the fact that we are all perishing because of a lack of knowledge.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…
Jesus came to educate us on what God requires for the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life. He also taught us how to have a more abundant and satisfying life right now. Many people feel that to be a Christian is to have all our focus on the afterlife with little consideration for life here and now. Jesus taught us how we can presently be truly happy, find genuine peace, and a experience a rich and satisfying life.
All these things are available to us If we will only surrender our life to His Lordship, and follow his manner of living. The way in which Jesus spoke to people and treated them, is a perfect model for all human beings. The Love that He displayed is unlike any human love that had been known before. Jesus revealed that true love is not what we can get from someone, but what we can give of ourselves to benefit others.
John 10:10 …I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.