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Jesus the Teacher 1, Introduction, We come now to the moral and ethical teachings of Jesus Christ In many ways this is. the easiest part of the course to teach and that for a number of reasons. 1 The sheer genius of Christ as a teacher Much of Christ s teaching on how people. ought to behave is given through the medium of parables as we shall presently see. They are marvels of sophisticated simplicity in their penetrating observation of. human nature its strengths and weaknesses its foibles and perversities Their story. form appeals to the most elementary student and yet they deliver their message with. unforgettable force even to the most learned As teachers we shall find them an easy. and yet satisfying means of communication, 2 The superficial attractiveness of Christ s teaching Take the so called golden rule. enunciated by Jesus in his famous Sermon on the Mount In everything do to others. what you would have them do to you for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matt 7 12 Its utter simplicity coupled with its self evident rightness gives it an. immediate and universal attractiveness Here is no complicated theory difficult to. understand and open to dispute Its claim to everybody s obedience is unambiguous. and unanswerable Its implications are limitless If it were honestly carried out our. world would become a paradise But of course it is not universally carried out. indeed all of us go against it from time to time And that brings us to our next point. 3 Why do we all from time to time do wrong The ancient Greek philosopher. Socrates held that no one knowingly does wrong He meant that when we do wrong. we are not fully aware that what we are doing is wrong We think in fact that it is. good We may well know that what we are doing will harm someone else But as we. do it we think and feel that it is a good thing to do to harm this other person it gives. us an advantage over him it satisfies our desire for gain or power or revenge But. when we do someone an injustice Socrates taught not only do we injure that person. but we also injure ourselves more than we injure him If only we realised this said. Socrates we should immediately stop injuring ourselves by wronging other people. But we do not realise it we are ignorant Ignorance then according to Socrates is the. cause of our wrongdoing and it follows that the way to stop people doing wrong is. simply to educate them Only get them to see that in doing wrong to someone else. they are injuring themselves and they will immediately stop doing wrong. But is this true And if it is would knowing it be enough to get people to stop. doing wrong, 76 THE BIBLE AND ETHICS, Get your class to discuss such questions as. a Have you ever done anything wrong knowing at the time that it was. b Do people ever do things that they know will harm themselves e g like. smoking or drug taking Why do they do such things, c If you could steal a lot of money or murder someone and be absolutely. sure that no one on earth would ever find out is there any reason why you. should not do it, d Is it true that when you do someone an injustice you actually harm.
yourself How would you prove it, e The Apostle Paul once said I have the desire to do what is good but. I cannot carry it out For the good I would do that I do not and the evil. I don t want to do that I keep on doing Rom 7 19 Have any of us ever felt. 4 Some basic requirements of any ethical teaching If therefore our teaching of. ethics is going to be effective we shall need to be able to give our students convincing. answers to the following among other questions, a What is good behaviour And what is bad How does one define it. b Has anyone the authority to tell us what is good and what is bad Why can. we not decide it each one for himself, c Why don t we always do what is right Why do we often find it hard to do. what is right and easy to do what is wrong, d What adequate motivation can we have for doing what is right particularly. when other people do wrong Is there any advantage in doing good Or. ought we always to do good even if we suffer for it. e Where can we find the strength to do what we know to be right and to. avoid what is bad, Now if we are going to be fair to the ethical teaching of Jesus Christ we must.
allow him to give us little by little his answers to these questions We begin with his. own presentation of himself as Teacher and of the nature of his teaching. Christ s Presentation of Himself as Teacher, At that time Jesus answered and said I thank thee O Father Lord of heaven and. earth because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed. them unto babes Even so Father for so it seemed good in thy sight All things are. delivered unto me of my Father and no man knoweth the Son but the Father neither. knoweth any man the Father save the Son and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal. him Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye. shall find rest unto your souls For my yoke is easy and my burden is light Matt. 17 Jesus the Teacher 1 77, In this passage Jesus makes two assertions about himself. 1 that he is the almighty Son of God, 2 that nevertheless he is meek and lowly in heart. He gives two descriptions of his teaching, 1 that it is a yoke to which his disciples must submit and a burden they must. 2 that nevertheless his yoke is easy and his burden is light. And then on the basis of these two assertions and these two descriptions he issues two. invitations each accompanied by a promise, 1 come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.
2 take my yoke on you and learn from me and you will find rest for your. The Two Assertions, Here we find, 1 Christ s answer to the question what authority has he to tell us what is right and. what is wrong, He is the Son of God to whom God has given supreme power in the creation. government and salvation of the world everything has been committed to me by My. Father In this he is different from the Buddha who taught his disciples how to gain. release from their desires but never claimed to be God or even a god and did not. know whether there was a God or not And different from Mohammed who claimed. to be God s last and greatest prophet but not to be God incarnate We need therefore. to understand who Jesus claims to be because on that depends the authority he. claims for his ethical teaching, 2 Strong evidence that Christ s claim is true. Professor C S Lewis once pointed out that our mental hospitals are full of. megalomaniacs claiming to be God or Napoleon or Alexander the Great or a fried. egg or something else extraordinary But Jesus was no arrogant self assertive. megalomaniac His first claim to be the Son of God was balanced by his next claim I. am meek and lowly of heart and the Gospels give abundant examples to show that. this assertion was true Alexander the Great did get himself proclaimed as the son of. the Egyptian god Ammon and he did eventually propose for political reasons that. both his Greek and his oriental subjects should worship him as a god But Alexander. could never have said I am meek and lowly of heart It is the combination of Christ s. claim to deity with his meekness and lowliness of heart that makes his claim both. credible and convincing He has supreme authority but he is supremely humble He. is God but He is no tyrant, 78 THE BIBLE AND ETHICS. The Two Descriptions, 1 Christ s ethical teaching is a yoke.
Jesus Christ does not hide the fact that his ethical teaching is a yoke which his. disciples must accept and a burden they must carry. The meaning of the term yoke In the ancient world a yoke was a specially shaped. piece of wood which a farmer would fit on to the neck of his oxen so that he could. control them and harness them to plough the fields thresh the corn or pull the farm. carts Ancient kings therefore called their government a yoke because by it they. controlled and guided the people And teachers of morality and religion called their. teaching a yoke for the same reason, There is a vivid story in the Old Testament 1 Kings 12 which illustrates this. meaning of yoke The people ask the king to make his yoke easier Instead he makes. it harder and they revolt Read the story and tell it to the students in full See also. Acts 15 10 where false religious teaching is described as an unbearable yoke. Christ s teaching then is a yoke He is the Son of God sent by God to be. mankind s rightful king to govern us and to get us to obey God s rule This is the. authority he claims for telling us what is right and what is wrong which is why he. began his public teaching by proclaiming Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near. Matt 4 17 In submitting to his ethics we are submitting not simply to some abstract. moral principles but to a person to whom we owe personal loyalty. 2 Christ s ethical teaching is an easy yoke, A good farmer would see to it that the yokes which he put on his oxen fitted them. well and did not chafe them It thus made it easier for the oxen to do their work If a. boy wants to become a champion tennis player he must submit to his coach Obeying. the coach s instructions may seem hard at first but it is better than hitting the ball. uncontrollably and in the end it will make the playing easier more successful and. more enjoyable It is always better to drive a car according to the maker s instructions. Christ knows how our bodies minds emotions and desires were meant to work He. made them His yoke is designed to fit us and so to make life easier. The Two Invitations, 1 The first invitation and promise. The first invitation is addressed to people who are weary and burdened Discuss with. your students the ways in which even young people can be weary and burdened In. many big cities of the world the number of young people who commit suicide is going. up Why Here are some suggestions, a The seeming pointlessness of life. b The difficulty of finding employment and the consequent feeling of being. useless and unwanted, c The boredom ill health and worry that arise from alcoholism drugs frantic.
lifestyles, 17 Jesus the Teacher 1 79, d The psychological wounds and guilt feelings that follow immorality. e The basic insecurity caused by strife in the home parental divorce one. parent families, f Constant failure to live up to one s ideals leading to disgust with oneself. To those who come to him Christ gives immediate rest because he gives. a immediate forgiveness and release from guilt see e g Luke 5 20. b a restored sense of purpose in life see e g 1 Thess 1 9 10 to serve the. living God, c an immediate sense of being loved and valued by God and therefore of. being of infinite and permanent significance see e g Matt 12 12 Rom 5 5. d an assurance of God s care in the practical affairs of life and relief from. anxiety see e g Matt 6 25 30, 2 The second invitation and promise. This is to enter the School of Christ and to be taught and trained by him how to live. His teaching will require standards of behaviour that are very different from the. world s standards and for that reason they may well incur the world s hostility and. opposition But here too Christ promises rest to our souls because he can effect. within us a new birth by which we become children of God and receive new powers. with which to carry out his instructions and to live according to his moral standards. see e g 1 John 5 3 4, Jesus the Teacher 2, The First and Greatest Commandment.
Jesus was once asked what in his estimation was the greatest commandment the. basic principle from which all the others are derived He replied Thou shalt love the. Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind This is. the great and first commandment Matt 22 37 38, We see at once what according to Christ the basic motivation behind all true. morality must be love Not desire for happiness or success but love And not love of. oneself nor primarily love for one s neighbour and the community though as a later. study will show that comes second but love for God the Creator The world is his. world He made it to serve his pleasure and to run according to his design It is only. rational that our prime duty should be to live according to our Creator s will and out. of sheer gratitude for our existence to love him In this context love for God does not. mean some sentimental religious feeling this is the love of God says the Bible. 1 John 5 3 that we keep his commandments We are to do so with all our heart. mind soul and strength, Mankind s greatest wrong, But here also is Christ s diagnosis of the fundamental trouble both with individuals. and with society as a whole How shall we live as we ought if we do not love our. Maker and live according to his design How shall we rightly value and treat our. fellow men and women if we deny or even despise or forget their Maker And how. would life be anything other than a drudgery if we served God out of a sullen sense. of mere duty and not out of wholehearted love for him. In breaking the first and greatest commandment and we have all done so we are. guilty of the greatest sin failing to love God Here we face a fundamental problem. We cannot make ourselves love God What then can create this love of God within us. We come now to the moral and ethical teachings of Jesus Christ In many ways this is the easiest part of the course to teach and that for a number of reasons 1 The sheer genius of Christ as a teacher Much of Christ s teaching on how people ought to behave is given through the medium of parables as we shall presently see

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