Jesus’ Teachings Are God’s Teachings
Jesus’ teachings are not always popular. Steph reminds us that this has always been the case but that Jesus’ authority comes from God the Father.
Teachings of Jesus Christ
It was becoming less common to see crowds around Jesus. People had come to fear the consequences because the religious leaders were becoming more and more outspoken against Jesus. And yet, Jesus still had a message to bring, and He did it faithfully—despite the fact that He knew what lay ahead.
During the Feast of Booths, he went into the temple and taught those gathered there.
And this was the response from John 7:15-18 (ESV)
“The Jews therefore marveled, saying, ‘How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?’ So Jesus answered them, ‘My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.’”
From a human perspective, Jesus was the son of a carpenter, and yet, here was this carpenter’s son giving instruction and insight.
Those who heard Him were amazed . . . and some were bold enough to say so.
However, Jesus said, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.”
If He’d stopped there, there may have been some room for speculating as to who had sent Him, but He continued, saying, “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.”
Challenging The Religious Leaders
He left no doubt as to whom He was speaking of. And, at the same time, challenged the religious leaders, who were certain they were walking in the will of God. But, if they truly were, they would have recognized the Source of Jesus’ teachings.
This entire passage reminds me of Philippians 2:4-11, which reads,
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
This lines up beautifully with John 7:18:
“The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory’ but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.”
Jesus had come to accomplish the Father’s will despite the cost. Not only did the religious leaders not acknowledge who He was despite the fact that they heard His teaching and saw His miracles, Jesus’ disciples didn’t fully understand His mission or His message until after He rose from the dead. Crowds followed Him in search of yet another miracle and tried to make Him their King by force.
And yet, He never deviated from the course before Him. He had come to accomplish His Heavenly Father’s will . . . and that’s exactly what He did.
Steph Beth Nickel is eclectically interested and eclectically involved. In all she does, Steph seeks to nurture and inspire. She is currently working on the first book in a nonfiction series. Nurture and Inspire LOVE is a compilation of the first devotionals she wrote for HopeStreamRadio.
Steph is a freelance writer and editor. She is the coauthor of Paralympian Deb Willows’ award-winning memoir, Living Beyond My Circumstances, published by Castle Quay Books. Deb and Steph are working on a follow-up book.
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