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February 27, 2009

Jesus Teaches

"And He went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people" (Matthew 4:23)

To be able to teach you need to have a good idea of the subject you are teaching. Explaining a concept so that someone understands it the same way you do is not an easy task. Believe me, getting 16 and 17-year-olds to understand logarithms is nearly impossible. To teach, you need to be prepared and have a great understanding of what you are teaching. As a teacher, Jesus Christ knew His subject very well because He was the subject He was teaching.

There are two main ways to teach. The first is by action and the second is by word. My hope every school year is that I can teach my students math using words and teach them about Christ using actions. The great teacher Jesus also taught using both methods.

He taught by actions through living without sin and by paying the ultimate price. Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection gave us eternal life. Our lives are forever changed because of the actions that Jesus took. We cannot follow the actions of Christ, but we can understand that we get the chance to show them to other people. What a great chance we have.

Jesus also taught with words that were given to him by the Holy Spirit. In we read that Jesus was proclaiming the Gospel or, "Good News." That good news was and is that even though we deserve death and eternal suffering, we receive life and eternal salvation. The challenge that we get is to spread this message to as many people as we can. What a great challenge we have.

As students of Jesus we get the chance to teach others. Doctors mend physical wounds, psychiatrists patch up emotional wounds and as Christians, we have the opportunity to work with spiritual wounds. We get to spread the message of salvation. We can do this through the words that we speak, as well as through our actions. Even if we don't spread the message, God will still love us and Christ's death and resurrection will still take away our sin. However, we have the opportunity to teach what we have learned: that no matter what, God will do anything for us, including sending His Son to the cross so that we may live. What a great opportunity we have!

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ. Give us the wisdom and strength to teach about Your love for us and the sacrifice that You made. Send us the Holy Spirit so we can also proclaim the good news and help heal Your children. Give us the opportunities to teach in both word and action. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Weston Wildauer


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