None of Us Can Teach Like Jesus

chalkboard_appleIt doesn’t matter how great of a teacher you are, none of us can teach like Jesus. Thomas Watson explains how Jesus’ teaching differs from our own.

Jesus Teaches the Heart. Others may teach the ear, Christ teaches the heart. ‘Whose heart the Lord opened’ (Acts 16:14). All they can do is work knowledge, Christ works grace; they can only give the light of the truth, Christ gives the love of the truth; they can only teach what to believe, Christ teaches how to believe.

Jesus Gives Us a Taste of the Word. Ministers may set the food of the Word before you, and carve it out to you; but only Christ can cause you to taste it…It is one thing to hear a truth preached, another thing to taste it.

When Jesus Teaches, He Makes Us Obey. Others may instruct, but cannot command obedience. They teach to be humble, but men remain proud…Men come with armor so the sword of the Word will not enter, but when Jesus comes to teach, He removes this obstinacy; He not only informs the judgment, but inclines the will. He does not only come with the light of His Word, but the rod of His strength and makes the stubborn sinner yield to Him.

Jesus Makes Men Willing to Learn. Christ makes His people a willing people. They prize knowledge and hang it as a jewel upon their ear. Those that Christ teaches say, as Isaiah 2:3, ‘Come let us go up to the mountains of the Lord and He will teach us of His ways and we will walk in them.’

Jesus Doesn’t Only Illuminate, But He Animates. He so teaches that He gives life. ‘I am the Light of the World: he that follows me shall have the light of life.’ (John 8:12). By nature we are dead…But Christ teaches them that are dead and gives them the light of life!..The Philosophers say ‘heat and light increase together.’ Where Christ comes with His light, there is the heat of spiritual life going along with it. (Taken from A Body of Divinity, p. 168-167).

Nope, none of us can teach like Jesus. But thank God He can.

About Dana Dill

I'm a Christian, husband, daddy, pastor, professor, and hope to be a friend to pilgrims on their way home.
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