Saturday, August 14, 2021


In the book of John , chapter 20 verse 15  - 16,  Mary Magdalene is described as being at the tomb where they had buried Jesus but as she lookedshe could not find Him.

The narrative goes on to describe Her encounter with Jesus.  

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).

When Mary Magdalene first encountered the resurrected Jesus, she did not recognize Him at first but when she did, her immediate reaction was to call Him "Teacher".

Similarly, when the men on the road to Emaus (a small town outside Jerusalem), encountered the resurrected Jesus as they walked, they did not recognize Him.  He simply started walking with then and He asked them what they were speaking about.  They told Him that they were discussing  the recent perplexing events of the death of the man they had hoped would redeem Israel.  Jesus, in response, expounded the scriptures to them explaining why the events that occurred had to unfold as they did. Later, after the encounter,  they spoke among themselves saying that His words caused their hearts to burn within them. 

Anyone who has had a great teacher in their lives will recognized this sensation of a burning heart when the teacher engages us.

During His ministry,  after His ressurection and before His ascension to heaven, the Lord Jesus spent a lot of time teaching His followers about  the kingdom of God. 

Even after He ascended into heaven Jesus sent the promised helper of whom He said, “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. "  - John 14 verse 25 - 26.

The Lord our God prioritized teaching to bring us into the knowledge of the things of God and we should prioritize learning to acquire knowledge so that it will not be said of us that God's people perish for lack of knowledge. 

The Lord is an awesome teacher and may our hearts burn as we learn from him.


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