This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” John 3:2

THERE WAS NO doubt that Christ was a Teacher come from God!

Jesus taught with authority (Matthew 7:29). This was the verdict of the people. He needed not to quote Gamaliel or Hillel, because the conscience of His hearers said, He speaks the truth.

He taught with tenderness and sweetness (Luke 4:22). To those who resisted His words, as the Pharisees did, His tongue was a sharp two-edged sword; but for the sinful, weary, and heavy-laden, grace was poured on His lips.

How picturesque and beautiful His talk was! The apples of gold were in pictures of silver. His speech was full of windows through which the light poured. What wonder that the people thronged around Him, and hung with absorbing interest on His words.

But we must come to Him as Savior. Before we can understand His teaching, we must be converted, and become as little children. To us, He says, as to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.” To reverence Him as “Teacher” will not avail, until the soul has cast itself in the dust before Him, crying, “Have mercy upon me”; for “I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

There is a marked gradation in the Teaching of Jesus. He began by speaking about earthly things, and led His disciples on to understand heavenly things. He gave milk to babes, but to those of understanding, hard and deep things, as strong meat. How differently He taught the woman at Sychar’s well, and the disciples in the upper room.


Give us grace to perceive Thee, blessed Lord, to hear Thy voice, and to receive the gracious teaching which comes from Thine heart. AMEN.

Adapted from “Our Daily Walk” devotional by F. B. Meyer