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More Than a Teacher

Devotions

Picture Day is an annual tradition in most schools. You might remember the excitement of choosing your favorite outfit, brushing your hair one final time before your official class photo. In each class picture, there is a teacher widely smiling, saying, “Here they are my world. My class!”

Jesus Christ is our Great Teacher. Imagine for a moment a class photo where Jesus was the teacher. Who are His students from this month’s study? On the top row, we see Zacchaeus, head held high, ready to share his wealth. In the middle, we see Nicodemus telling his classmates, “You must be born again.” And there’s Peter at the side of the riser shouting, “I love you, Lord!” Standing in the front row is the Samaritan Woman smiling with thankfulness. The lessons Jesus taught them are part of life’s great lesson plan, designed by God. Why? Because Jesus is much more than a Teacher.

Revelation 1 tells us that Jesus is the beginning and end, the First and Last, the Living One. All things rest on Him. Whether through a parable or an object lesson, or Jesus’ resurrection, it was God’s intent for us to believe in and accept Jesus Christ the Savior. During Jesus’ teaching ministry God revealed His plan for all history, past, present, and future. While being the great Teacher, Jesus was foremost, the incarnate God. There is no greater Teacher for you to learn from and for you to share with others.

If you know Christ as your Savior, then you are in Jesus’ class picture, and God has called you to teach others the good news. “Do not be afraid,” says God. The Alpha and Omega, the Almighty, is with you.

>> What does it mean to you, personally, that Jesus is your great Teacher? What lessons have you learned that will make you a better teacher of the gospel? Today, picture yourself in Jesus’ class photo. How would others describe you as a student?

Pray with Us

As we conclude our study, we pray we’ll remember the lessons the Lord has taught us this month. Ask Him for courage and determination to go into the world and make disciples.

BY Mary Martin, Former Professor of Christian School Education

Dr. Mary Martin previously served at Moody as program head of Christian School Education and chair of the Education and Counseling division. She has also served as a classroom teacher, principal, and head of school. Mary is the author of Impacting Student Learning through Christ-Centered Instructional Leadership and currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, Michael. She speaks at numerous education conferences each year and loves mentoring Moody graduates.

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