Teaching and Learning

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Teaching & Learning

“This man 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

Two nights ago, I went to the local 24-hr. chain pharmacy to pick up a small bottle
of shampoo. With shampoo in hand, I lined up at the normal location to wait for
a clerk behind a cash register. When I got to the front of the line, a nice man,
a store employee, waved me over to one of their new “self-checkout” stations.

This was not the first time I’d approached one of these machines. In fact, I’d successfully
negotiated similar self-checkout stations at the grocery store and a large building
supply store. When I looked at the new screen at the pharmacy’s register, it looked
different than the other two I’d encountered…so, while I was taking in the differences,
and almost ready to reach out to touch the “start” button, the nice man quickly
reached in front of me to punch the button instead. “This is easy,” he said. “You’ll
get the hang of it before you know it.” When the next screen appeared, his quick
hand was there to punch again, for me. I saw, briefly, the “complete transaction
and pay” button I was supposed to punch…but, for the third time, his hand was
quicker than mine was. He tossed my shampoo in a bag, ripped my receipt from the
machine, smiled as he handed me the bag, and said, “See? Nothing to it!”

As I walked out the door, I found myself thinking about teachers and teaching. Did
this nice man really think he had taught me how to use his new machine? In reality,
he had taught me nothing. Instead, he’d done everything for me.

Jesus was a teacher, too. Many called Him by this name – Teacher. Yes, He guided
persons towards their own positive conclusions regarding the Kingdom of God through
the stories and parables He told…as well as the miracles He performed. He guided
the disciples as they, too, performed miracles – but, always, in His name.

However, there was one time, one event, when even the Teacher Jesus had to do it
all for us – when He reached between you and God Almighty with His loving, pierced
hands. Only He and He alone could die upon the cross. Only He and He alone, could re-establish our pathways to God’s heart of love.


Lord, YOU teach me, and model for me, a perfect love. I cannot be perfect…but
help me, Lord, to teach those around me more about You, today. Amen.

May The Good Lord Save Nigeria And Israel From All Our Enemies And Prosper Us Beyond Our Imaginations, In Jesus Christ Mighty Name We Pray, Amen!