Portraits of Christ: Jesus Divine Teacher
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Last Study we embarked on a new series entitled Portraits of Christ. We looked at Jesus, the Son of God; His deity (humanity) portrayed. John 1:1-14
Today's Study we will look at Jesus the Divine Teacher Part 1, the Principles of Discipleship- Blessings and Conditions of Being a Disciple. Text: John 3:2-21
Key Verse: Here Jesus, the Divine Teacher instructs Nicodemus concerning the New Birth. Nicodemus responds to Jesus and states, “We know you are a teacher who has come from God for no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him”. John 3:2. Nicodemus recognized the sovereign attributes of Christ. I invite you on a journey to discover the divine characteristics of Jesus our “Divine Teacher”…
Part 1 Discipleship
Jesus had many followers who believed, some who openly followed Jesus like His Disciples & some secretly, like Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish Council who came to Jesus by night. He recognized that Jesus was speaking and doing the miraculous signs only because God was with Him. See John 3:2; 7:13 & 12:42.
Another great example of discipleship is the account of the 12 Disciples who were chosen by Jesus. They were sent out with instructions to go to the lost sheep of Israel & do the following things. (See Matthew 10:1-8).
Throughout Christ’s life time on earth He went about teaching, healing and restoring people’s lives to God’s Glory!
Conditions of Being a Disciple:
Self-denial and cross bearing: Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me; he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”.
Blessings of Being a Disciple:
Guidance by His Voice: John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me”.
Just like Christ’s Disciples, we too can be vessels that can do great exploits for God; all that is required is that we deny our self, take up the cross and follow Christ!
Are you ready to be that kind of disciple?
To re-cap our study we looked at Jesus the Divine Teacher and the Principles of Discipleship.
We opened in the Book of John with the account of Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish Council coming to visit Jesus in the night.
During that visit he recognized that Jesus was a divine teacher and did the miraculous signs because God was with him. He recognized the sovereign attributes of Christ.
We learned that Jesus had many followers, some secret some who openly followed Him and believed in His Divine Teachings. We discovered the principles of discipleship and about the cost & the blessings in meeting those conditions to be a true disciple of Christ.
Jesus desires that we give our all and submit to Him in all areas of our lives. We can be encouraged knowing that we will receive Guidance by His Voice:
John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me”.
Will you be that disciple that Follows Him & Listens to His Voice?
Next Study: Part 2: Spiritual Vision