16 Mar JESUS CHRIST, the Master Teacher
Mr. Clement Barnabas an Executive Engineer with Indian Railways has been involved with UESI for 34 years lives in Trichy with his wife Prof. Dr Shanthi and son Naveen, a medical student in Thiruvarur, TN. His passion is mentoring young people in the Lord as well as teaching, preaching and writing.
During His time on earth, several people addressed Jesus Christ as
- Disciples – Teacher. (Mark 4:38)
- Sadducees – Teacher. (Matthew 22:24)
- A Young lawyer – Teacher. (Luke 10:25)
- Pharisees – Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth (Matt 22:16)
Nichodemus– Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher from God. (John 3:2)
- Jesus Christ Himself – If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. . . (John 13:14)
In the Bible, Christ was addressed as a teacher 45 times. Not even once, was He called a preacher. Any term equivalent to teaching was found to be attributed 61 times to Jesus Christ. In KJV, the word Master is used 66 times – 54 of those instances are a Greek word that could be translated as
According to John Stot, in The Incomparable Christ, everybody who knows something about Christianity is at least familiar with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. People knew Jesus practiced what He taught.
Generations of people, both Christians and people from other faiths, have been challenged and are inspired by Jesus’ combination of sermons and example; word and deed; by His endurance and self-control; His love for enemies and His total freedom from the spirit of revenge.
Leo Tolstoy described how in a time of personal crisis, he read and re-read the Sermon on the Mount and suddenly understood what the whole church for 1800 years had misunderstood. According to him, it is impossible to believe in Christ and at the same time to do those things that are incompatible with the law of love. If only Christ’s commands were obeyed literally, “all men will be brothers (and sisters too) and everyone will be at peace with others.”
Mahatma Gandhi, as a young man in London read the Baghavad Gita and the Sermon on the Mount. He said “Though I cannot claim to be a Christian in the sectarian sense, the example of Jesus’ sufferings is a factor in the composition of my undying faith in non-violence which rules all my actions.”
Martin Luther King frequently acknowledged his debt to the Sermon on the Mount. “Hate multiplies hate in a descending spiral of destruction. Hate is just as injurious to the person who hates as to his victim. Love is the only force capable of transforming our enemy into a friend. Meet hate with love. Then our victory will be a double victory.”
In fact, Jesus Christ was recognised by the whole world, as a great teacher.
Jesus Christ adopted different teaching methods and was very effective. A few are given below (Courtesy: The Lord Jesus Christ as the Great Teacher – Revival in the Home Ministries, 2000)
Christ’s use of objects
Example – eye gate, child (Mt. 18:1-4)
Christ used objects to attract attention since one cannot teach without attention. Christ used objects as a means of teaching specific truths.
Christ’s use of dramatics and
Example – driving money changers from temple, baptism, Lord’s supper.
Dramatising carries the idea of re-enacting a scene. We think of it as a reproduction of a historical event or the portrayal of a current setting. Thought, imagination, feeling and volition are brought into
Christ’s use of
Example –Jesus Christ used 61 parables in all the gospels. Jesus spoke of persons in 34 of these parables; about animals in 4; about plants in 7; and about other things in 16.
The word parable is used 50 times in NT, which means thrown
Christ’s masterful use of questions
Example – Luke 2:49 – Why are you searching for me? John 2:4, John 3:12, John 5:44, 47; Mark 2:25,26.
Questions make one think; secure attention; secure information; and express
Christ’s use of points of contact
Jesus walked where His presence could be noted. Jesus used His eyes for observation; opened conversation; asked questions; invited companionship. Jesus utilised the power of a name; understood various characters; and gave compliments that are due for others.
PRINCIPLES FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHING FROM THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST
Principles for Effective Teaching that can be adopted from the life of Jesus Christ are given below:
1. AUTHORITY IN COMMUNICATION
There is a huge difference in the way Jesus taught and others did. When He taught, His words came out with power and authority. There
- Are we thorough in whatever we teach and have we mastered our subjects?
- Can students consider us as an authority in our subjects?
- Are we able to give an answer
forthose who are curious
2. CLARITY IN COMMUNICATION
Jesus was simple in His communication. He related
- Are we reaching students through our teaching?
- Is our communication complete?
- Do we take efforts to obtain feedback and ensure that the content is getting covered and the same is getting communicated?
3. ETERNITY IN CONTENT
Jesus never spoke anything for the present or temporal in nature. His teachings, His actions and His reactions were focussed on eternal principles. He always had eternity in mind. The big picture of the whole universe was part of His vision and plan. Let us review ourselves in the following lines: –
- When we deal with, relate to and teach students, do we realise that it has an eternal implication?
- Are we considering the big picture of each student in our minds – as we teach?
- Relationships are eternal – do we communicate it
Jesus never spoke anything for the present or temporal in nature. His teachings, His actions and His reactions were focussed on eternal principles.
4. INTEGRITY IN CONTENT
Jesus Christ declared that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Do we practice honesty, integrity and truthfulness in our
Can students trust our integrity?
5. CHARITY IN CHARACTER
Jesus taught with much love and compassion. His teachings and dealings, relationships and responses – all are marked with love. He rebuked, scolded but with real love. He
- Do we carry out things with true and genuine love?
- Do we have the spirit of forgiveness
6. EXEMPLARY IN CHARACTER
Jesus Christ is the perfect role model for all of us. He
- Can students consider us as a real role model?
- Are students inspired / motivated seeing us?
May the Master Teacher help us to emulate His wonderful role model in our lives and in our profession. Happy Teachers Day, all the time!