Jesus: No Ordinary Teacher (Part 2)

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I’m currently undergoing an education degree. Training to be a teacher. And throughout my first year, I learnt some of the qualities and disciplines required of a good teacher.

In looking back on 2016, I began a summary of the key qualities to a proficient teacher. Just jotted some bullet points onto paper. And being a Jesus follower, knowing his claim to be our teacher, I looked at the list and asked myself one question:

How would Jesus stack up to the list?

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CHECKING THE LIST

In Part 1 we covered three of the bullet points. A good teacher has proficient knowledge of the content, has a passion for the topic and students, and knows how to convey the content in relevant and understandable ways.

Jesus aced the test. In fact, he far surpasses the standards of a good teacher. But now we turn our attention to three more qualities of a good teacher. So get your red pens out.

Because it’s time to give Jesus a grade.

  • A good teacher sets clear classroom standards 

Any good teacher knows the need for clear classroom standards. This is undeniably one of the most crucial components to an effective teacher.

No stealing. No swearing. Put your hand up before you speak. Put your rubbish in the bin. Respect the property of others. Standards like these are necessary for a thriving classroom. They are in place to create the best possible classroom environment.

Without rules, chaos reigns.

And not just in the classroom, but in life. Rules and standards govern almost every facet of life in some way. Consider our road rules and criminal laws. Most of us would be dead without them. Because you see, such rules increase the quality and quantity of life.

And so any good teacher makes the standards known. Likewise, any good teacher makes it known what the consequences of actions outside of the rules are.

‘For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.’ (1 John 5:3)

God makes his standards known to us.

We see this in the Ten Commandments most clearly (Exodus 20). But Jesus takes things to the next level in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:17-48). Such standards are maintained in order that we can have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).

I was having a conversation with a workmate (and open sceptic of Christianity) recently. His criticism is very common. In a nutshell, he said that he detests the thought of a God who sets up rules just to send us to hell. That God cannot be loving if he does this.

Consider this. Nobody criticises a teacher as unloving and unjust for maintaining clear standards. The standards indicate the teacher is loving. They indicate the teacher wants the best for the students. The absence of guidelines would be much more concerning.

Jesus shows us the way to life. Namely himself. But more on that a little later.

  • A good teacher is a role model 

You cannot just lay down the law and expect everyone to follow it.

It would be wrong to ask more of the students than the teacher is willing to give of themselves. And so any good teacher submits themselves to the same rules they lay down. Actions consistent with words. Words consistent with actions.

Any good teacher leads by example. 

Consider the picture below. A good teacher inspires from the front. They should be a gentle glow that warms to all students. A spark of hope to those far from the light. A burning desire to see everyone reach their potential. An enduring flame committed to getting everything out of themselves. Consistent, reliable, motivated, compassionate.

It all starts from the top. And once the flame is caught, good luck stopping it.

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Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His footsteps (1 Peter 2:21)

Jesus is our perfect example.

The law fulfilled (Matt 5:17). The Word of God embodied (John 1:1-14). These claims carry a lot of meaning. Mega meaning. And honestly, there isn’t enough hours in the day to fully unpack the truth behind it. But at the very least we can say this:

His words are totally consistent with his actions.

Jesus preached love for one another. And then he loved even the most difficult people (John 13:34, Luke 7:22). Jesus preached gritty generosity and forgiveness. And then he gave himself over to death so that we could be forgiven (Luke 6:37, Luke 23:34).

Jesus preached faith in the teeth of persecution. And then he was rejected, whipped and crucified (Matt 16:24, Matt 27, 1 Peter 2:21). Jesus promised eternal life to his followers. And then he proved it three days later (Matt 5:10-12, Matt 28:1-10).

Jesus practices what he preaches. He leads us by example. And the flame he ignited 2000 odd years ago is still burning as bright and spreading as far as ever.

  • A good teacher sacrifices time to help students 

You can lay down the law. You can even be an example for the students to follow. But then we face a problem. A big problem.

Students struggle. From disruptive behaviour to simply not understanding a topic. From bullying to hygiene issues. Language barriers to incorrect uniform. Conflicts in the yard to friendship issues. Physical disability to emotional insecurity. Anger to isolation.

Students need a lot of help.

And so a good teacher is committed to helping students in the struggle. They stay in at lunch with a struggling student. Arrange meetings with parents. Make phone calls to resolve conflicts. Spend time after school to help.

You see, a good teacher makes sacrifices. 

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

Jesus makes known to us the rules and standards required for life in his classroom. Jesus even embodies to us the perfect fulfilment of them. But we are just his students.

And we need a lot of help.

Seeing our deep need, Jesus placed himself in the middle of our problems. Amidst poverty. Surrounded by violence. He entered the ugliness of the world in order to bring us out of it. In order to provide a hope that extends beyond the grave (Hebrews 6:19).

This is not your average lunchtime counselling session or phone call for help. Because Jesus didn’t just sacrifice his time. He sacrificed his life. 

And that makes Jesus no ordinary teacher.

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Head over to Part 3, where we unpack three more bullet points and the teaching credentials of this Jesus.

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73 thoughts on “Jesus: No Ordinary Teacher (Part 2)

    • Jonathan Camac February 23, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Stoked to hear it akbrainerd! Trust it stirred up your affections and hope in Jesus 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac February 23, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Glad to hear it Jane! Thanks for taking the time to read it 🙂

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  1. Deborah Temitope February 23, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Great post, I’m loving the series and looking forward to the 3rd part.

    Im going to be starting my teacher training soon so it’s great to look at the best example there is-Jesus!

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    • Jonathan Camac February 23, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      Appreciate you taking the time to read both of them Deborah! Pretty amazing that we can still learn from and off Jesus.

      Are you going on placement soon, or just starting the course? 🙂

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      • Deborah Temitope February 23, 2017 / 10:05 pm

        I’m doing my teacher training with a charity looking at educational inequality in the UK. So its not the usual route, I’m doing 5 weeks intensive training then start teaching in the new academic year with ongoing training and support. It’s going to be intense but I’m looking forward to it.

        How are you finding the education degree?

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      • Jonathan Camac February 23, 2017 / 10:17 pm

        Wow! That really does sound intense! I’ve got another 4 years before I’m fully qualified, haha. I’ve just transferred my degree into health sciences (still with education) – and the uni year starts next week. But the first year was pretty cruisy 🙂

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  2. Daily Thankful February 24, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Great post. 🙂 Do you do any teaching now – either within the church, or in a secular context? You clearly have a gift to impart what God is revealing to you to others, and a heart to ensure that those in your sphere of influence accurately understand the truths of the Bible.

    I look forward to the next installment in this series! May your academic studies go well im the interim.

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    • Jonathan Camac February 24, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Yeah I do a little bit of volunteering. I lead at our church’s youth group, and I do some 1 on 1 mentoring at a school nearby. In all honesty I’ve still got a long way to go. But I appreciate your words 🙂 thanks for your time once again!

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      • Daily Thankful February 24, 2017 / 9:50 pm

        In my opinion, the best teachers are the ones who recognize that they still have “a long way to go.” It’s when we feel like we have already arrived that we truly enter the spiritual danger zone.

        May God continue to bless you in all of your endeavors!

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      • Jonathan Camac February 25, 2017 / 10:21 pm

        time will tell I suppose 😉 bless you too mate!

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  3. N. Bird February 26, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Thank you Jonathan,
    Really appreciate this series. I’m not a teacher but I am seeing so many helps as I think about beginning a teaching series on discipleship. I take any teaching I do on Scripture very seriously and your articles are helping me to put the whole of teaching by Jesus example into a better perspective. Looking forward to the 3rd article of the series.
    J. Bird

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    • Jonathan Camac February 26, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Stoked to hear it N.Bird! It has been amazing just personally, going through these bullet points, and realising how perfectly Jesus fulfils each of them. All the best as you consider your series on discipleship 🙂 appreciate your time once again!

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  4. K Marie February 28, 2017 / 12:51 am

    Great article. Good luck with your education degree, Jonathan. 🙂

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  5. Eccentric Muse March 1, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Thank you for this article. I enjoyed it thoroughly as I did Part 1. I now wait patiently for the 3rd part.

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    • Jonathan Camac March 1, 2017 / 11:44 pm

      Glad to hear it Eccentric Muse 🙂 I’m pretty busy at the moment, so may not have Part 3 done until late March – early April. Will have to wait and see 😉

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  6. Kaytlyn Amanda March 3, 2017 / 12:10 am

    “He entered the ugliness of the world in order to bring us out of it.” AMEN!!! The Gospel in one sentence! Thank you so much for being a bold proclaimer of truth and grace Jonathan!

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    • Jonathan Camac March 3, 2017 / 1:09 am

      So true! Hard to fully get our heads around how awesome that is. Thanks heaps for your time and interactions with these posts Kaytlyn. Appreciate your words 🙂 All glory to the hero of the story!

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  7. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus March 3, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Jesus is our only Spiritual Teacher as God is our only Spiritual Father and being in The Godhead or Trinity as we call them today including the Holy Ghost, All Three being One Spirit, they are complete but still choose to need us and everything they do is motivated by Love and we too are to Aim to be Perfected in Love so we can be Complete.

    Matthew 23:8-10 But you do not be called ‘Rabbi for One is your Teacher The Christ and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your Father for One is your Father He who is in Heaven. And do not be called Teachers for One is your Teacher The Christ. NKJV

    1John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God and God in him. Herein is our Love made Perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love but Perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made Perfect in Love. We Love Him because He first Loved us.

    Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ let us go on unto perfection not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of Faith toward God.

    Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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    • Jonathan Camac March 3, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      Thanks for your interaction with this post Freedomborn 🙂 All glory to God!

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      • Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus March 18, 2017 / 9:07 am

        Thanks Jonathan for your patience with lwbut and myself, in Aussie Land on Blogs we talk a lot to those who comment as well as to the Author of the Blogs but I have found this does not happen very often in America etc so Thank you again.

        Blessings – Anne.

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      • Jonathan Camac March 18, 2017 / 9:13 am

        Not a problem Anne! Can learn a lot from discussing things with each other. Good to see how we might see or interpret things differently 🙂

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    • lwbut March 17, 2017 / 8:14 am

      Perfectly put Anne – but that is just the opinion this sinner 😉

      love

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      • lwbut March 17, 2017 / 11:58 am

        Tough (but fair) question Anne! This love is certainly far from perfect, for sure. I’d say i am aiming for that but so far my aim is decidedly wobbly, probbly cos i think i do it on my own most of the time. Also don’t spend as much time as i should in Him (Perfect Love)

        love.

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      • Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus March 17, 2017 / 1:34 pm

        We know lwbut we have to put our Carnal flesh to death by the Spirit that causes us to Sin as we Aim to be Perfected in Love, to be Honest I’m where Paul was when he said he hadn’t been fully Perfected yet but like him one day I will be and before I die as he was and others were too.

        If you would like the Scripture lwbut that confirms these Truths please let me know but perhaps you already know them.

        Keep looking up l t ; 3 Anne.

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      • lwbut March 18, 2017 / 4:14 am

        I like Paul’s letters a lot and particularly Romans ( and Corinthians for obvious reasons!) and quite understand the concept but understanding is one thing and correctly doing – like Paul said – is quite hard to do while we are not completely in Spirit. So we practice good works and pray the Grace to do so comes to us.

        Am aiming for the sky! 😉

        love.

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  8. Lottie March 7, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    This was beautifully refreshing, thank you.

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    • Jonathan Camac March 9, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Thanks Cass! God is good. Appreciate the nomination too 🙂 I’ll have a look at it.

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    • Jonathan Camac March 11, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      Thans for your time once again mate! Trust the post stirred up your hope and affections in Jesus 🙂

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  9. Ashley L Jones March 13, 2017 / 2:48 am

    You hit the nail on the head–Jesus is The Teacher! Thanks for stopping by BigSisterKnows.com. I look forward to reading more of your posts! – Ashley L. Jones

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    • Jonathan Camac March 13, 2017 / 12:23 pm

      Jesus is the best teacher there has and ever will be! Only the creator of the human heart can answer our thoughts before they are even expressed on our lips. Thanks for your time and feedback Ashley 🙂

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  10. sweets67 March 16, 2017 / 12:43 am

    Great article. Made me really think! Who better for an example than Jesus.

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  11. Mreynoso2017 March 16, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    What a powerful message for teachers worldwide! If teachers follow these simple steps, there will be no chaos at all in schools and in life as well. It is our job and duty as teachers or parents to lead by example and put God first in everything we do so we can help children reach their full potential and become God’s servants. Thank you for this much-needed message Jonathan and may the Lord God bless you for words today! 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac March 16, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Jesus runs the sort of classroom that I want to be a part of forever. And he gives us all access to it. What a King! What a Saviour! Thanks for your time once again Mike. Bless you mate 🙂

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      • Mreynoso2017 March 16, 2017 / 9:31 pm

        What a King indeed! It is my pleasure and bless you too! 🙂

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  12. aner327 March 17, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    I am a elementary and middle school teacher of Christian Ed and Chorus. I enjoy your appreciation of Jesus as the best Teacher there is.

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    • Jonathan Camac March 18, 2017 / 8:24 am

      There is no better! Glad to hear you got something out of this – especially coming from a current teacher 🙂 Thanks for your time!

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  13. brismart March 27, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    wow, being a teacher and passionate about teaching, I am so glad to be associated with Jesus in the illustrations you have given. Keep it up, I can’t wait for part 3

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    • Jonathan Camac March 29, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Pretty awesome isn’t it! Mind-blowing that the author of life invites us to come and learn. Thanks for your time brismart! Part 3 will be out in about a week and a half I reckon 🙂

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  14. Linda Jenkins April 12, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Enjoyed your post Jonathan. Sounds like you’re following the path Jesus has for you. You will be a great teacher no matter what the profession is because you already have the “gift” of reaching out and sharing with others. God Bless you!

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    • Jonathan Camac April 12, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Thanks Linda! In all honesty, I still have a long way to go in the way of teaching. I’m still pretty young. But I appreciate your time and words 🙂 God bless you too!

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    • Jonathan Camac April 24, 2017 / 2:47 am

      I sure hope so babarahs! Still got a heck of a long way to go haha 🙂

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      • babarahs April 24, 2017 / 2:27 pm

        Not if you live in the NOW….because “, NOW is the accepted time” 2-Corinthians 6:2…I believe if you use what you NOW understand….it leads to more understanding….but if you think you need more knowledge…to me…the wanting and the waiting BLOCKS the NOW flow of your own inner SELF…SELF, the real you that has ALL understanding. You will find it really amazing once you GET It…THERE IS ONLY NOW….

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      • Jonathan Camac April 25, 2017 / 2:11 am

        As far as I understand it, 2 Corinthians 6:2 only makes a direct correlation between God’s favour and salvation. No connection is made between God’s favour and having an uncanny ability to teach. So yes, the time of God’s favour is on us right now. Why? Because we can all have access to salvation through the person and works of Jesus Christ 🙂 How awesome it is that you and I, so limited in understanding and knowledge, can trust our lives into an all-powerful, all knowing and loving God!!

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  15. hoojewale April 25, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    Indeed He is no ordinary Teacher. Every didactic lesson comes in words: HE is the very Word -of God. This Personage is the hypostatic union: He is 100% man and also 100% God. Awesome! I call Him JJ (JEHOVAH JESUS). Jonathan, this is a great post! Thank you for coming round my post. May the good Lord grant you the enabling spirit to do more for Jesus.

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    • Jonathan Camac April 26, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Thanks for reading mate! Glad you got something out of it. Praying the same for you bro 🙂

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  16. thefourthdimensionoflife May 3, 2017 / 1:25 am

    This is amazing Jonathan. Great job. I want to be a lecturer when I grow up, so this was really interesting. One thing I want to share with you that I thought about was that today as Christians, we can also be good teachers to the world through Christ. Today when God looks at us he does not see our scars but rather the blood that healed them. So, let’s all pray to be good teachers,
    God, bless you brother. Keep up the good work.👍😁😊

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    • Jonathan Camac May 3, 2017 / 2:02 am

      That’s awesome man! What subject are you hoping to be a lecturer in? 🙂

      Well said! We should attempt to live in such a way that shows Jesus to be all satisfying. And as you said, prayer is huge in that process – we need so much help. God bless and keep you Stefan!

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      • thefourthdimensionoflife May 3, 2017 / 2:06 pm

        Thank you so much. I was hoping to study English. I am taking a combination that will also get me acquainted with foreign languages, philosophy, psychology etc. I am also a guitarist. I started blogging recently. Please pray for me whenever you can. Thank you again, brother, for your encouragement. Will be visiting your blog again. God bless you.

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