Daily Scripture Reading: John 3:2 KJV
Joh 3:2 KJV
(2) The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Today’s Devotional Is John 3:2
There was no doubt that Christ was a teacher from God!
Evidently, not all teachers are created from man. They speak only about earthly things and their speeches are full if quotations. There was an authenticity, a self-witnessing truthfulness and depth to the Master’s words, which had the mint-mark Deity. Our Lord called Nicodemus “the teacher for Israel” (Joh_5;10 R.V. ).
Jesus taught authority (Mat_7.29). This was the verdict. He did not need to quote Gamaliel and Hillel because His hearers knew that He spoke the truth. He taught with sweetness and tenderness (Luk_4-22). He spoke with tenderness and sweetness to those who refused His words (like the Pharisees). But grace was given to the sinful, weary, heavy-laden. Mar_4:34. He taught with many illustrations. They came from all directions He collected them from, including the sky and earth, the sparrow and the vulture, the lightning flash and sunrise, the household candle, the temple lamp, the woman’s bread and the ripened corn. The children’s games, the jewellery of the housewives, and both the feasts of wealth and the bare larders of the poor. It was beautiful and charming to hear His speech! Pictures of silver were used to depict the apples of gold. His speech was filled with windows through which light streamed. It was no surprise that His speech was surrounded by people who listened intently to His words.
We must first come to Him as our Saviour. We must first be converted and made to understand His teachings. As He said to Nicodemus, we must be born over again. The soul will not be able to reverent Him as “Teacher” until it has fallen into the dust before Him crying, “Have Mercy upon me,” because “I am a sinful person, O Lord.”
The Teaching of Jesus shows a clear gradation. His teachings began with earthly matters, but he led his disciples to understand heavenly matters. He did not give milk to babies, but to those who understood, hard, and deep things, he gave milk. It was amazing how He treated Sychar’s well woman and the disciples in his upper room.
PRAYER for Today
We ask for grace to see Thee, blessed Lord, to hear Thy voice and to receive Thine gracious teachings. AMEN.