Daily Devotionals

May 14, 2018

Reflecting on the Names and Nature of God

Jesus: A Teacher Come From God

This man (Nicodemus) came to Jesus by night
and said to Him,
"Rabbi, we know that You are
a teacher come from God;
for no one can do these signs
that You do unless God is with him." 

John 3:2

Nicodemus called Jesus a Teacher Come from God because he wanted to compliment Jesus. Nicodemus was the most outstanding teacher of his day. Jesus—who spoke accurately—called Nicodemus “the teacher of Israel” (John 3:10). In the original Greek, the words Jesus chose suggested that Nicodemus was the most outstanding teacher in Israel. In our terminology, it might be parallel to the title “Teacher of the Year.” Yet Nicodemus recognized that Jesus was superior to Him, because Nicodemus said that Jesus was a Teacher Come from God. What do you need to learn from Jesus?

Jesus, teach me everything I need to know to be more godly and effective in service. I will become Your student.

Jesus was often called Teacher. Just as a teacher gives you information you don’t know, Jesus will teach you what you don’t know about the Father. Just as a teacher helps solve problems and makes you more effec- tive in life, Jesus can lead you out of your troubles and make you effective in Christian service. Just as a teacher is a role model, so Jesus personifies the truth and lived a perfect live on Earth. Just as a teacher loves and helps students, Jesus loves you and will come to help you in your hour of need. Jesus can meet your deepest need because He is a Teacher Come from God.

Jesus, there is so much I don’t know; let me sit in Your classroom. I will listen to You and learn from You. Teach me what I need to know. Amen.

Go Deeper:  Matthew 21:23-32

Jesus can teach you what you need to know.

Tomorrow...The Trinity: The Lord Will Provide (Jehovah Jireh)