Simple things

Education is great. My wife and I told our children to do their best in school and go as far as possible. One of our children went “all the way.”

My admiration for those who have a doctorate or post-doctorate education in theology is genuine, and they work very hard on difficult subjects so simple-minded people like me can understand. I need what they can teach me.

Jesus Christ was the smartest man who ever lived. While he had no advanced degrees, he was (after all) the creator of the world and everything in it (Colossians 1:16). He taught things so directly that anyone who listened could learn great things from him.

Jesus’ students were simple men –fishermen– from Galilee. They had no unique educational qualifications, yet these were the men the Lord trained to become his apostles.

Imagine how beautiful it must have been to sit at the feet of the creator of the universe! True, Jesus was human, but he was also God the son. The apostle John wrote, “The Word became flesh,” (John 1:14). The eternal Word who was face-to-face with the eternal Father became flesh.

The teachings of the Lord were so straightforward and yet sublime. Here was the man Jesus whom writers have called “the summation of all history” discussing how God’s word was like a seed (Matthew 13). Here was the creator of all things teaching his disciples the kingdom of heaven was like leaven hid in three measures of meal until all of it was leavened (also Matthew 13).

Calvin Coolidge said, “They criticize me for harping on the obvious; if all the folks in the United States did the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves.” Often it is “the few simple things” that get missed like the necessity of obedient faith to salvation (Romans 1:5) and baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28 NET). How many people are willing to listen to the simple words of the son of God?

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 43 years and a preacher for 34 years. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee.

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