The Master Teacher

In his book, Lord of Song, Ronald Allen writes:

We tend to link a great teacher with a great institution. Jesus had no such ties.
We tend to think of a great teacher as one who makes difficult things less complex. Jesus seemed to show new complexities even in simple things.
We tend to anticipate that a great teacher helps us face life more independently. Jesus kept insisting that life must be lived in full dependence on another.
We tend to associate a great teacher with technical language of his or her field. Jesus used simple language and everyday things.
We tend to link a great teacher to his or her brilliant students. Those who learned best from Jesus were the poor, the lonely, the simple.
We tend to think of a great teacher in the setting of a classroom. Jesus’ classroom was a hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee, a corner of a living room, a walk along a path, a small space in a little boat.
Today we tend to look for a teacher to use multimedia tools. Jesus’ tools were the heavens, the fields, mountains and birds, storms and sheep, a vineyard, a well, and a banquet. In short, whatever was around He would use
as a teaching tool.

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~ by Dave Smith on January 14, 2009.

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