“When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. ‘Where did this man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles’” Mark 6:2-3 (NIV)
Imagine one of your high school teachers instructing on a level that made all of the other teachers at your school appear infantile in their understanding of the universe around them. Now imagine that this same teacher taught with such love and compassion that his mere presence seemed to slow the effects of time; you could go on learning from this individual as if nothing else mattered. Continuing on, envision this superior instructor performing miracles, healing all of the students in the nurse’s office and causing wheelchair bound students to rise up and walk. Teacher of the year, maybe? Or how about the label, “The Greatest Teacher?”
Jesus is our Redeemer, our Savior, and our only hope in a lost world. He is also the single greatest teacher who ever walked this planet. His words, His deeds, and His instructions reverberate around the globe. Church bells ring out because of Him; signs along millions of miles of roads advertise His name; choirs shout out the lessons of Jesus with beautiful songs; relatives watch baptisms performed in His name; and television, radio, and the Internet are full of places where people from all walks of life can hear, watch, and study His teachings. Many call Him what I did in my first paragraph: “The Greatest Teacher!”
Shortly after those verses in Mark, Jesus was rejected in his hometown of Nazareth. The people of Nazareth thought one of their own could not truly possess such gifts. Even Jesus “was amazed at their lack of faith.” Mark 6:6 (NIV). I can’t imagine what it must have been like to witness the rejection of Christ in his own backyard. It makes me wonder what would happen if Jesus came back today, riding in from the clouds, declaring victory and calling for His people to be caught up with Him. How many would deny Him and reject His miraculous return? I bet the number is high. I guess that’s because even “The Greatest Teacher” can’t teach those who are unwilling to learn. It’s why we should all strive to be “The Greatest Students” so Jesus can continue teaching us.