The Teacher Come From God

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

John 3:1-2

John 3 contains the account of Nicodemus, a Pharisee, coming to Jesus and talking to Him.  Most of the Pharisees hated Jesus and would have nothing to do with Him, but Nicodemus was different.  He did come “to Jesus by night,” and he may have done that in nervousness and fear of the other Pharisees, but we don’t know for sure.  What we do know is that Nicodemus came to Jesus and that he recognized that there was something different about Him.

“Thou art a teacher come from God.”  Nicodemus recognized that Jesus was a great teacher: a teacher sent from God.  Obviously there was more to the story than that.  We know that Jesus was so much more than merely a great teacher.  He is the Saviour, the Son of God.  But what Nicodemus did understand what that Jesus was a perfect teacher.

If we had the opportunity to sit under and learn from a “teacher come from God,” I would think that we would do it.  Being a teacher myself, I’m always eager to listen to other teachers who know more than me.  And Jesus is a Teacher who knows literally everything.  We have the mind of this “teacher come from God” in the form of the Bible.  How much do we pay attention to it?  How much do we read and study it?  How much do we obey it?

If we had the opportunity to sit and listen to Jesus speak (like Nicodemus did), we would surely do it.  So why do we so often ignore His words when they are written down for us?  Let us pay attention to this teacher from God.

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