Jesus was an amazing teacher. He was willing to teach anyone, anytime, anyplace. “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them” (Matthew 5:1,2).
Jesus never lost his focus. He knew that teachers don’t teach texts. They don’t teach information. They don’t teach traditions. Teachers teach students. With every lesson, teachers ask themselves: “What do my students need to think? What do my students need to feel? What do my students need to do? What do my students need to believe?”
“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law” (Matthew 7:28,29). Jesus amazed his students. He could do it seminar style on a mountain and hold a crowd’s attention with powerful ideas. Mary got what she needed, and Martha got what she needed from the same family devotion. Jesus didn’t pull punches in a one-on-one conversation with a naive young man and let him walk away. He made a follower out of a foreign woman fetching water by getting inside her head. Jesus gave a cautious old man a new lease on life when he told him he was born again because God so loved him. Jesus left lesser teachers scratching their heads.
Jesus is still an amazing teacher; he is focused on you.