Surprisingly, the title most often used when Jesus is directly addressed in the gospels is not Savior or even Lord, it’s Teacher, Rabbi.
And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you,” and he said, “Rabbi, speak” Luke 7:40
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, “Rabbi, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 10:25
And one of the company said unto him, “Rabbi, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me” Luke 12:13
And behold, a man came up to him and said, “Rabbi, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Matthew 19:16
And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Rabbi, rebuke your disciples” Luke 19:39
And they asked him, saying, “Rabbi, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but teach the way of God truly…” Luke 20:21
Then there came to him some of the Sadducees…and they asked him, saying, “Rabbi…” Luke 20:27
Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher)” John 20:16
Jesus was recognized by a broad cross section of the people of His day as Rabbi. He was a well respected teacher, one learned in the Scriptures and the religious literature of His day, which was considerable. He was an itinerant preacher, traveling from place to place communicating to the masses his teachings and interpretations. And yet from the beginning, Jesus was no ordinary teacher.
When Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, he said, “We know that you are a teacher who has come from God” John 3:2
When Jesus had finished giving the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew tells us the crowds were so amazed at his teaching because “he taught as one having authority, not as the teachers of the law” Matthew 7:29
His words were life-giving and convicting, healing and mysterious, hopeful and provocative. When Jesus taught, He shook the foundation of the religious system and cut through the letter of the law straight to the heart of God, His Father. This rabbi was more than just teacher, He was prophet and healer – signs of the power of God at work in him by the Holy Spirit.
Consider for a moment the miracle and the mystery-
this same scandalous Galilean Rabbi, who rocked 1st century Jewish society, appeared in risen form to Mary at the tomb, and altered the course of human history, appears to us today as we enter His presence!
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3
He came to teach the heart of the Father to His children. Sit at His feet today, friends, with ears to hear and hearts to hold the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Our teacher is speaking, are we listening?
Why is it important to you to spend time learning from Jesus each day?
What practical ways can you carve out more time to meet with God?
Held by Him,