Jesus As Teacher
Jesus As Teacher
By James L. Thornton
Luke 5:1. And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
2. And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
3. And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. (KJV)
"…, The people pressed upon Him to hear the Word of God, …" (verse 1.)
Not long before this day Jesus had started His Ministry, preaching, and teaching wherever He found any who would listen.
It was a busy scene that day, in early spring, as Jesus "stood by the lake of Gennesaret."
There were fishermen washing their nets, others were mending their nets, with their boats pulled up near the shore.
Fish was among the favorite foods in that part of the Holy Land and the sea of Galilee was the source from which most of them came. They were eaten fresh, dried, pickled, and they also made a relish from them.
But on this occasion they had toiled all night, the night before, and had caught nothing. (Luke 5:5)
Into this large gathering Jesus came, and upon seeing Him, the crowds rushed to Him, anxious to hear His words.
Jesus stepped into Simon Peter’s boat and asked him to push it out into the sea a little ways and He used it as a pulpit to teach the gathering crowds.
In His teaching He was transforming minds.
As teacher Jesus did His greatest work
Every Minister needs to understand the value of their teaching Ministry, and strive to be the very best Teacher they can be.
We have all heard good Sermons, and a few great Sermons, but the thing that transformed us the most, the thing that stays with us when the inspiration and fiery rhetoric dies down, is the points we have learned well enough to stick with us.
Teaching is an art that every Minister should practice and it will become the most rewarding part of their ministry.
They should make it plain and simple so that everyone can understand and remember. Jesus never taught above a third grade level.
He taught with a purpose.
A purpose to change the minds and opinions of everyone who heard Him.
Jesus began his work as Teacher and would let nothing turn Him from his course.
He taught his Disciples when the crowds left him.
He spent His last days teaching in the temple at Jerusalem, making a final appeal to the people.
His last night was spent giving instructions to his Disciples.
The Parable Of The Sower Shows Jesus’ Faith In Teaching.
Jesus scattered the good seed wherever He went.
He saw the shallow hearts of those who responded with quick enthusiasm only to turn away quickly.
He saw the hard hearts of those upon which it fell in vain.
None of these things moved Him from His course.
He knew that there was life in the seed of his message.
It was His work to sow, as it is every Minister’s.
He saw the future harvest of thirty, sixty, and a hundred-fold.
To the eager throngs in Galilee.
To the hostile crowds in Jerusalem.
To his little company of Disciples.
To the children in the market-place.
To folks He met by the wayside.
Jesus Was A Sower Of Living Words To All Men On All Occasions.
He taught them in their homes, while sitting at a meal with them.
He taught them while sitting on a mountain-side.
He taught them while sitting on a well near Samaria.
Only a few, or a small portion, of His teachings have come down to us.
All of His spoken words that were recorded can be read in a few minutes.
To cast down.
To lift up.
To transform their lives.
Yet They Live In The Hearts Of Men.
No other Teacher ever carried so great an influence as Jesus.
Today Sixteen-Hundred-Million People Follow Him In Some Manner.
He walked through the world of men and brought truth to them.
He saw men anxious and troubled and showed them birds and flowers for which God was caring.
When two Disciples came with petty ambitions (who should sit on His right hand in the Kingdom of God) He took occasion for a lesson that life is a chance to give and not to get. (Matthew 20:20-28)
Jesus was interested in life
In new birth.
In reformation of life.
Jesus Spoke Little About "Rights," But Much About "Duties."
It seems that everything that Jesus heard, every headline of the day, became a topic for a lesson to someone.
When some told Jesus about the Galilaeans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifice, and also of a Tower in Siloam falling on some men Jesus’ response was, "Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:15)
The Parable of the Sower.
The Wheat and the Tares.
The Pearl of great price.
Sometimes Jesus Taught In Parables
The Rich Man and Lazarus.
The Prodigal Son.
Sometimes He Used Allegories
When he talked about the sun setting red.
Sometimes He Used Folk-lore
Jesus talked about the things the people knew and applied it to their lives.
A glowing sunset and fair weather.
Red morning suggests storm.
Bright flowers and quickly fading grass.
The slow growing grain.
The field of wheat mixed with tares.
The fig tree putting forth tender green leaves.
A vineyard ready for gathering and the hunt for workers.
The grain fields white for harvest.
We See The World Of Nature
Birds with their nests.
Foxes with their holes.
Eagles gathering where the carcass has fallen.
The sparrow god sees fall to the ground.
We See The Living Creatures
The poor Widow.
The unjust Judge.
The faithful Shepherd searching for a lost sheep.
The poor Beggar.
We See Men Busy With Their Tasks
The Children about the table.
The Mother kneading dough.
The Dogs underneath the table.
The Woman searching for a lost coin.
We See The Home
There are laborers waiting in the market place with no one to hire them.
We see those who toil all day in the field and come home to serve their master before they can eat.
We see the beggars lying at the gate begging for crumbs.
There are debtors on their way to prison.
He talks about the criminal bearing his own cross to the place of execution.
There Is Also The Dark Side Of Life.
Jesus’ words, are words of life, words of hope, words of promise, words that will live in eternity.
Do not undervalue the importance of your Teaching Ministry.
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