On Monday, 5th of October, the spotlight was on teachers; from social media posts to feature stories of those who have gone beyond the call of duty. Interestingly, despite the fact that I am a teacher’s child, I did not give precedence to this day. If you ask why, the answer may not be satisfactory. However, this got me thinking, “Is there a teacher who may have been feeling “left out” in the celebrations?” Opinion polls would probably read, “Yes!” But what would defer would be “who” participants think was sidelined.
Severally in scripture, Christ is referred to as “Rabbi – the teacher”. Jesus was not one of a kind – He was the only one of His kind! Christ was a practical teacher. He simplified the greatest theological and doctrinal concepts such that even the Psalmist observed that His words could be understood by children! (Psalms 8:2, Luke 10:21)
By now, you might be thinking the unappreciated teacher in this article in Christ. But like any good story, this one too has a twist. You see, the millions of people globally who claim to be Christians, is a striking point against the motion that Christ is “unappreciated”. Although many do not live up to the high calling and have conformed to the pattern of this world, (Philippians 3:14, Romans 12:2) even in the little way of “Christian holidays”, our Lord is appreciated.
So who is the unappreciated teacher? The Bible doesn’t leave us guessing. Jesus knew that as much as He had taught others to teach, they would still need a helper. To this regard, He promised, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26) Indeed, even after driving school, maps are indispensable and even more is the Holy Spirit!
He is the kind of teacher who will go with you into life’s exam room (John 14:18, 16). He will not wait to give you a bad grade, but correct you from the onset of wrong (John 16:8-11) “God can teach you more in one moment by His Holy Spirit than you could learn from the great men of the earth.” (1 SM415.3)
Despite these promises, it is sad to see the world still “perishing for lack of knowledge…because they have rejected knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6). We wouldn’t have to learn the hard way, if only we sought this teacher whom the Father is willing to give with no extra tuition fee! (Luke 11:13)
Written by Sharon Damar