Devotional Text: Luke 22:11
What is your favorite title/name/designation for Jesus? There are so many in Scripture: Son of God, Son of Man, Messiah, Savior, Good Shepherd, Great Physician, King, Bridegroom, Bread of Life, Light of the World, Lamb of God, etc. Some are more prevalent than others, but it certainly isn’t that one is more important, necessarily. They all go together to help round out and complete our understanding of who Jesus is.
An interesting one is found in Jesus’ instructions to the disciples whom He sent into Jerusalem to make preparations for the Passover meal they would eat together. He told them to look for a particular man and tell him, “The Teacher says to you…” (Luke 22:11). There it is, “The Teacher.” That sufficiently identified Jesus to this person. It’s also how He was also designated on other occasions as well (see Luke 8:49; John 11:28; 13:14).
Perhaps this is best understood in connection with a disciple. We’re familiar with that designation of followers of Jesus. Literally disciple means “learner”. A learner needs a teacher. For all of Jesus’ disciples He was “the Teacher”.
Is He for me? Am I actually instructed and guided and informed by Him? Is my thinking shaped by what He says? Or is Jesus “only” a loving, caring, compassionate, and, yes, powerful personality in my life? If I’m a disciple I must be a learner. If I’m a learner, I must have a teacher, that being Jesus.
Does calling Jesus “the Teacher” have any real meaning for me?
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