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Jesus, Greatest Teacher

By Randolph Gonce

                Jesus is the greatest teacher ever in the history of this world. No other person even comes close to the power and influence of the teaching of Jesus Christ. His concepts were revolutionary for the people who lived during His time on earth, and they continue to be revolutionary today. Jesus’ teaching is in direct opposition to the way most people think. His teaching has the power to change lives and society.

                The influence of Jesus transformed the world in the first century, leading to the collapse of the Roman Empire and the establishment of Christian communities all over the world.          Millions became followers of Jesus in the first century.

                But the work of anti-Christ, always opposed to the power of goodness, led to the establishment of political power bases within the world Christian communities. These bases of power, based on human philosophy and political connections, led to wars between nations and cultures, with power becoming the basis for religious affiliation. People were attracted to the side of power and wealth, because that is how most people think. The ones who built the greatest cathedrals attracted the admiration of a gullible population. Humble communities of Christians who desired to live their lives in simplicity and to avoid the political intrigue of the anti-Christ movement were put to the sword, suffering unbelievable torture.

                But Jesus never taught the church to employ money and power in establishing Christianity.  Quite the opposite, He taught that the way to greatness in the church is through service. His disciples had problems with this, because they were often quarreling with each other about who would be greatest in the kingdom of Christ. Jesus told them that they should become like little children. He encouraged them to trust God’s power and have faith in His provision, just as children trust their parents to provide what is needed.

                Jesus taught His disciples to teach the simple, historically accurate message about the life and teaching of the humble carpenter’s stepson from Nazareth. Jesus proclaimed a new life through faith in the power of God, based on conviction that Jesus is the Son of God and savior of those who believe in Him, confirmed by the power of His resurrection.

                Jesus emptied Himself of power, became a servant, and thereby changed the course of human events forever. Apostle Paul explained it like this: Phil 2:5-11  - “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” NKJV