Updated: 08/28/2014 9:09 AM
A Message from Our Pastor
Throughout His life here on earth, our Lord Jesus showed us, through word and deed, that learning about God is important. Luke 2:40 records for us that, following His birth and circumcision; “the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.”
A few years later, when Jesus was twelve, He caused His parents to worry when He couldn’t be found following their visit to Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph went back to Jerusalem to search for Jesus. “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.” (Luke 2:46) In other words, Jesus was learning from the teachers in the temple, and more than likely teaching them through the questions that He asked.
Jesus’ emphasis on learning did not stop when He grew up either. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus was found teaching about Himself and His work of salvation. In fact, one search of the Gospels, that I did, found 74 occurrences of the word teach or taught.
Even at His trial, Jesus was teaching. When asked about what He taught by the High Priest, Jesus responded, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret.”
Just before His Ascension, Jesus once again emphasized how important learning about God is. “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).
With all of these examples of teaching and learning that are recorded for us in the Gospels and throughout the Bible, we should understand the importance of Christian education in our own lives. Our Lord wants to teach us about His love and forgiveness. He wants us to know of the salvation that He has purchased and won for us upon the cross.
Unfortunately, the world is constantly teaching us otherwise; enticing us away from The Lord through its lies and appeals to our sinful nature. That is why it is important that we take every opportunity we can to hear and study about our Lord and His saving grace and forgiveness.
This can begin at home through daily Bible and/or devotional readings. Begin each reading with a prayer for understanding and end each reading with a prayer of thanksgiving for the opportunity to hear God’s Word. I also encourage you to take advantage of the various Bible studies held each week at church. Also, don’t forget to send your children to Sunday School. As always, feel free to invite a friend to any of these Bible studies.