New Hope Church

Day 17 – Lenten Devotional


Jesus was on a mission to teach

John 13:13 “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.”

Jesus ministry was cut into many facets of the beautiful gem of His life and purpose.  One major aspect of His holy work was that of teaching.  Jesus taught morning, noon and night, in practically any place, and in front of just about anybody who would listen (though primarily His disciples). The language of teaching is used over 300 times in the whole Bible with a 40% concentration of over 120 times in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  The time of the greatest Teacher who ever walked the earth!

Who thought He was a teacher?  Jesus was recognized almost wherever He went as a teacher. He is referred to as “Teacher or Rabbi” by scribes, Pharisees, Nicodemus, Sadducees, Herodians, tax collectors, rich men and rulers, Martha, Mary, His disciples, Peter, James, John, Nathanael, even Judas, and Jesus Himself…over 60 times in the four Gospels.

Where did Jesus teach?  The Teacher taught; along the sea shore, on the mount, in fields, in synagogues, in the temple, walking from town to town, in cities and towns, in front of great crowds, in intimate gatherings, in boats, in the upper room, in the Garden of Gethsemane, in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Who did Jesus teach?  Jesus taught; those who followed Him, His disciples, His Apostles, women and men, rich and poor, scribes, Pharisees, Nicodemus, and Sadducees.

What did Jesus teach?  His teachings ranged from the truth of the Hebrew Scriptures (our Old Testament), True Theology, and true Godly morals.  He brought the light of Truth wherever He went and revealed the Living Word!

REFLECT:  Think about the best teacher you ever had.  Did that beloved teacher ever error?  Consider the Great Teacher in Jesus who NEVER erred and ALWAYS spoke Truth.  Truth He freely gives us in Scripture and continues to teach His Word through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Teacher Jesus sent to us.

REPENT:  Change your ways. Have you ever read the Bible with skepticism? Have you doubted parts of it? Ask God to forgive you for doubting. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you those things you long to understand.  Confess that those parts you once doubted are simply your own inability to truly understand.  Read Scripture believing it is TRUE!  Ask for patience and diligence to grow in the truth of the Master’s teachings.

RESTORE:  Sitting at the feet of Jesus as His disciple is a holy privilege and the best place you can spend your time. What a privilege we have to continue to learn about our great God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Be a good student; a disciple of the Great Teacher.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Pastor Tom Bellhy