Coming As Teacher

The world seeks after knowledge. People want to know the answers to the most difficult questions of life: “Why am I here, Where did I come from, what is my purpose.” We want to know whether or not God really exists. We see the universe with all of its beauty and complexity and we wonder if it really has a purpose. If God exists then why is there so much suffering in the world? How can we reconcile the love of God with the presence of evil?

To these questions, the Bible was written. Jesus came to give us the answers we seek; this was His purpose. When we examine Isaiah’s continuing portrayal of the Messiah, we see that He is coming to instruct, inform, and impart; wisdom and knowledge. To allow every person to know and see God for who He truly is. To understand the reasons for all the things that are a part of our life.

With this thought, Isaiah continues his prophetic declaration: The Messiah shall come as a Teacher, to reveal the things of God.

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.

How Jesus Fulfilled this Prophecy:

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.”

The Greatest Teacher

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.

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?” Luke 2:41-49

Jesus had gone into the temple at Jerusalem and began to ask questions, not for his own personal enlightenment, but to cause the elders of Israel to think about what they were teaching in their traditions, and how these 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 that was asked. At twelve years of age, Jesus already possessed the wisdom of eternity, which He exhibited to all those who heard Him; He spoke 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 we lack 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 be truly happy—today; find genuine peace and a rich and satisfying existence, for all the days of our life.

All these things are available to us If we will only surrender ourselves to His Lordship, and follow his manner of living. The way in which Jesus spoke to, and treated people, 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. I

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This theme continues as Ezekiel also writes in confirmation of the Messiah, as the One who will fulfill the office of his father, David, as a teaching Shepherd over one flock. Ezekiel uses a commonly understood phrase for “teaching,” by the words,“feed them.”

Ezekiel 34:23-24 I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them—My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 5:2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

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 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 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

John 10:14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

John 10:16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

One Shepherd, One Flock

As David found his beginning as a shepherd, so also shall his future descendant, the Messiah. He will be a Shepherd who feeds His flock by teaching them the perfect word of the Living God. The Messiah will take all those who will believe in Him and make them “one flock”. He will be a teaching Shepherd who brings the word of God to His people so that He might instruct them on how they should live before Him and worship Him in truth.

The greatest need in Jesus church today is not a bigger sanctuary, or a new coffee shop—it is the teaching of God’s word; from Genesis to Revelation. The full counsel of God’s revelation of Himself, which would include an in-depth study of the Old Testament prophecies Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament, with personal application.

All of the problems that exist in Jesus church today, originate from a lack of knowledge regarding the word of God. Pastors do not know what the word of God says, because they do not often read and study the whole Bible for themselves. Today, many pastors do not believe that the Bible is the word of God. As a result there is a great famine in the lives of those whom the Lord has called to be His church.

If we examine the primary ministry which Jesus conducted before the people, it was simply teaching people the word of God. Jesus taught by the use of illustrations from common, ordinary, familiar situations of life that people were familiar with. He brought the word of God down to a level where an ordinary person could understand; the intellectual could ponder; and the willing could receive. Jesus taught by clarifying how a particular Biblical principle was lived out in the lives of those who would practice these truths.

The only way that the church can become all that the Lord has desired, is when we know what He has said. We do not need sermons about current political events; how to prosper and be in health. We need to know the heart of God, and what His desire is for our life. When we bring our hearts and minds into alignment with the will of God, we will be happy and fulfilled individuals. Our families, our work, and our relationships with people will improve and begin to thrive.

I believe that a careful study and meditation on the prophecies of the Old Testament, which Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament, will greatly expand a person’s understanding of God’s plan for their life. In knowing who Jesus is; by the promises that God has made to us, we gain an important perspective on all that the Lord is going to do in the world, now, and in the future.

The word of God is the chief desire of the Messiah. He will continue to teach from Jerusalem, throughout the one thousand year reign of His kingdom. The people of the world will come every year to sit at Jesus feet and listen to Him teach. I for one sincerely hope that I might be permitted to remain near Jesus so that I can hear all the He says.

Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts…

Long after the Jesus destroys the present world and creates a new heaven and earth, He will continue to teach us and lead us into greater and greater revelation of who He is. Our hearts and minds will be enlarged and our spirits will excel as true worshippers of the eternal God who has made Himself known to all people.