Jesus - The Matchless Teacher

W. Terry Varner
June 8, 2014

There are so many marvelous things about Jesus. One of the great things is that Jesus was a Matchless Teacher. No could match His ability to teach. Jesus’ message was filled with simplicity, authority, and unmatched by any of His contemporaries. Some who heard Him said: “No man ever spoke like this Man” (John 7:46). Mark writes: “And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:22; cf. Matt. 7:29).

The Jewish enemies of Jesus conceded to Him the title of “Teacher.” There are three words in the gospels which describe Jesus in this capacity—Teacher, Master, and Rabbi. Jesus is described as a Teacher over sixty times. There are many ways in which He was “The Matchless Teacher.” Consider:

Jesus’ Knowledge of God. Jesus knowledge of God exceeded anyone before Him and after Him. In John 10:30, He said: “I and My Father are one.” Jesus told Thomas, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on vou know Him and Have seen Him (John 14:7). When Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, Jesus replied: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

Jesus’ Knowledge of Himself. The gospels make it clear that Jesus knew His place and work in the redemption of man. Fourteen times in the gospels Jesus refers to Himself. Thirteen of these are in the Gospel of John. “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me” (John 7:28-29). To His bewildered disciples, Jesus said: “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

Jesus’ Knowledge of the Scriptures. Jesus’ teachings reveal an extensive and detailed knowledge of the Scriptures. Reading the gospels one can conclude that His mind was saturated with Scripture. At the beginning of His ministry, He was tempted after forty days in the wilderness by Satan. He met all three of Satan’s temptation with Scripture. His first Scripture is powerful. It is from Deuteronomy 8:3, “It is written, ‘Man shall not Five by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:10). He then continues successfully through the initial temptation with Satan by quoting Deuteronomy 6:16 and 9:11-12.

Jesus’ Knowledge of Men. His knowledge of men was perfect. He understood men’s actions and motives. He believed that all men were savable if they would come to Him (Matt. 11:28-30). Jesus was always approachable. No one went away empty who came to Him in earnest. He saw man as he is—lost, erring, perplexed, confused, searching, walking alone, etc. Paul describes Jesus as understanding men with a completeness which is unmatched by any other man. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:15-16).

Jesus Had the Ability to Endure Failure. This is a great lesson for each of us in life. We do not always succeed where and when we want. Sometimes we fail. No everyone listened and obeyed Jesus. Some who began to follow Him turned and walked away. “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked no more” (John 6:66).

Learn the many lessons of Jesus as “The Teacher.” Follow Him.