Jesus the Teacher

From this short passage we learn a great deal about Jesus’ teaching ministry. Sometimes he taught people outside, as the earlier part of this chapter records He did by the seaside; remember that the Sermon on the Mount was given in the hill country. When speaking to such crowds, He used parables to tell them about the Kingdom of God. At other times, He was asked to teach in the synagogues. On this occasion, Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah and applied the passage to His own life (Luke 4:16-22). His words were extraordinary. The first groups who heard Him “were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority…” (7:28-29). In Nazareth, the congregation commented upon the wisdom of His discourse and “marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth (Luke 4:22).Later, police sent to arrest Him returned empty-handed, saying, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”(John 7:46). He not only taught, but worked mighty miracles [‘powers’ in the original Greek]. Jesus Himself attributed this remarkable ministry to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in His life (Matthew 12:28; Luke 4:18). Does it not make sense for us (1) to listen to this unique Teacher and (2) to ask God for the same Spirit to work in and through us?