Our verse for today comes from John 13:13, ” You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. “
Jesus taught. When He began His ministry, the truths of scripture had so been distorted and corrupted by the Pharisees and Sadducees that their religious way of life was completely foreign to Christ, and the promised Messiah who walked among them was completely foreign to them. So He taught, but few learned. He taught to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give to God the things that belong to Him. He taught that to follow Him would be difficult, but that the decision was not to be delayed. He taught them what it took to get to heaven, and what would keep them out. And He taught them that the Son of Man came to serve. Jesus also taught them that He was Lord. He was the Lord of forgiveness. He was Lord over the wind and sea. He had dominion over infirmities, disease, sickness, and demons. He was Lord of the harvest and He who would cast out the tares into eternal fire. He was Lord of those who do His Father’s will and not those who just call Him Lord. He was Lord of the Sabbath day, and Lord over Satan.
It seems so trite to rattle off a list of a few of the things that Jesus taught and expressed His Lordship over. When the world itself could not contain the books it would take to record all that Jesus did, a few sentences that recap some highlights of His time on earth seem almost pointless. But of eternal worth is whatever in your life Jesus has taught you and now rules over as Lord. The disciples were right in calling Him Teacher and Lord, but they were more right in making Him their teacher and Lord. Only to the extent that they served and worshipped Him as Lord was their heavenly destiny secure. Only as they learned and lived out the truths He revealed to them was their work and service effective and glorifying to the Father. So, have you learned what you need to know from the Teacher? Have you surrendered what you need to surrender to the Lord?
As we seek Him today, learn and serve as you commune with the great Teacher and Lord.
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