Teach just one

Jesus was the kind of preacher who taught the masses (Matthew 13:2). He healed multitudes of people (Matthew 14:14). He had compassion on the multitudes (Matthew 15:32).

Jesus, however, did not just deal with crowds of people. He taught individuals, too.

Jesus taught the Pharisee Nicodemus about the new birth into God’s kingdom (John 3:3-5). The puzzled ruler could not understand how a person could be born again. Jesus explained that the new birth is a spiritual birth from water.

Jesus taught the Samaritan woman not just because she needed to know the truth, but principally because he loved her as he loves all. It is interesting that his first words to her were about the one, truly important thing to all people: the water of life which is the gospel of truth. Jesus told her about the water he can give: it is the water that slakes a person’s thirst for eternal life (John 4:14).

Jesus taught Peter on more than one occasion. One of the things that makes Peter dear is that he was not perfect. After making the good confession to the Lord in Matthew chapter 16, he later contradicted the Lord when Jesus told him he would suffer and allow himself to hang on the cross. Peter said, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to you” (Matthew 16:22 NASB). But the Lord didn’t quit teaching Peter, and one day it was that apostle who stood and defended his Lord’s crucifixion to thousands on Pentecost.

The work of all New Testament Christians is to teach all nations. Sometimes, that happens one person at a time. Let us follow the Master’s example and teach them as he did!

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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