Lessons from Jesus

Rabbi Jesus

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. Matthew 423-25

We read of a young Jesus, aged just 12 years, in the temple at Jerusalem, listening to the teachers as well as asking and answering questions. Luke tells us that ‘all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers’ (2:49). Eighteen years later he would reveal who he truly was as he travelled across the whole region teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom.

The people were not short of teachers or Rabbis but as soon as they heard Jesus, they followed him to the next town or village to hear him again. They were so hungry for teaching and they obviously felt something deep within telling them not to miss one word. It was like an unquenchable thirst and they knew that he was the water. There may have been Synagogues in every town and religious leaders aplenty but it was still as if they were in a dry and weary land where there is no water (Ps63).

Does your soul thirst for the Lord? Do you still have a deep hunger for His Word? Sitting at the feet of Jesus is an incredible experience so don’t miss out on a single minute of it. He is the greatest teacher you will ever have; let Him teach you. He can ignite the fire within you once again, He can get you back on the right path, He can fill you afresh with boldness and strength, He can arm you for the year ahead and fill you with the power of His Spirit.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteous, for they shall be satisfied.”

Help me Lord to follow you every day and to learn from you. Help me to understand your word that it may be a guide for all that I do. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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