by John Gipson
There was no lack of religious teaching in the Palestine of the first century. The scribe was a familiar figure both in Galilee and Judea. He was met everywhere — in the synagogue, the marketplace, in the houses of the rich. He was known and greeted with respect wherever he went. With him were numerous attached followers and eager scholars who were expected to retain the material taught and to transmit it without variation. He was often referred to as a “lawyer” or a “teacher of the law”.
Among these various religious teachers came the Teacher! He was one who taught, not as the scribes and Pharisees, but as one having authority. Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, addressed Jesus by saying, “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” (John 3:2).
Nicodemus was right. Jesus was a teacher come from God! Moreover, the Father gave him commandment what to say and what to speak. For this reason you can understand why God would say of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Matthew 17:5).
While the world has known many teachers, there is none like Jesus. He was in the beginning with God, and was God. In him “are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” and He cares for us. This Teacher alone holds the key to life — abundant and eternal.
How long has it been since you have sat at the feet of Jesus? Has he provided your continuing education? Why seek out those whose knowledge is partial when the Teacher is here?
We cannot afford to reject his instruction, as some did during his personal ministry. Of them he said, “The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:42).
Great privileges entail great responsibilities. Listen to the Teacher!
by John Gipson