The Master’s Class
Rev. Sudha Mehta©
Today, in my final session on the topic of the Holy Trinity Seminary I would like to show you a photo essay. It is long but I think you will like it.
These pictures are available free of cost on the web. They demonstrate my point wonderfully. I am grateful that God anointed others to take these pictures and make my work easier. May His blessing rest upon them.
Back then Jesus called out to those that would follow Him. His class looked different than it might today.
Follow Me Photo from LDS.org.
He used every opportunity to teach, every moment, every place, every incident in their daily lives was designed to be a class. In Ceaserea Philippi, at the place that was known as the Gates of Hell, Jesus asked:
Matthew 16: 13 When Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in the heavens.(JB2000)
A declarative statement at the best place possible, serving notice to the hordes of Hell! Great opportunity, great lesson! The Son of God came to teach:
Gates of Hell Caeserea philippi Photo from cellcodes.us
Whether He was surrounded by throngs in the temple . . .
In the Temple Photo from LDS.org
Or raising the paralytic at Peter’s home . . .
Healing the Paralytic and forgiving sins Photo from LDS.org
Or healing a Blind man . . .
Jesus heals a blind man Photo from LDS.otg
Raising a dead girl . . .
Jesus-raises-the-daughter-of-jairus from LDS.org
Talking to a Samaritan woman . . .
give-me-to-drink Photo from LDS.org
Cleansing a leper . . .
Jesus_heals_leper Photo from St. Michael Catholic Church
Giving a Sermon . . .
Sermon on the Mount Photo from YouTube.com
Blessing the little children . . .
Suffer the Little children Photo from Mormon Channel
Confronting the Religious leaders . . .
Jesus-and-a-scribe Photo from thinktheology.org
Entering Jerusalem on a donkey . . .
Triumphant Entry Photo from FreeBibleImages
Celebrating Passover and washing feet. . .
Jesus washes feet of disciples Photo from ophope.org
Before the Religious Leaders . . .
Photo from Youtube
Before Pilate after getting flogged and spit upon . . .
Before Pilate Photo from YouTube
On the Cross . . .
Jesus on the cross Photo from thinkaboutit.news
Walking down the road to Emmaus . . .
Christ-appears-on-the-road-to-emmaus-Photo from LDS.org
Making breakfast . . .
Jesus_Appears_Galilee Photo from Bible Fun for Kid
Giving the Great Commission to the the disciples . . .
Jesus-gives the Great Commission to the Disciples-Photo from Ramesh Rambling
or Ascending to heaven with the promise of returning to catch up the church . . .
Jesus ascension Photo from Freebibleimages
He was always teaching!!
This is the same Jesus who is our coming King! He told us that He would come an set up His Kingdom on Earth, and He will . . .
KingComingAgain Photo from grace Baptist Church
The classroom looks different today for each of us. We no longer are just twelve disciples or even a few hundred! Thankfully, the disciples learned well, and with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit they got the Word out far and wide, so that we have the same knowledge they did.
We are many, yet each one of us has the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who teaches, guides, directs us in the same way they (the disciples) learned. How richly He has provided!
So, our classroom may look like:
Sunday at church . . . whether your church is a tiny house church, or a big fancy building or anything in between . . .
Sunday Worship Photo from Firstchurchnet.com
You are still in class with the Holy Spirit, wherever you are. You may be a student or a teacher . . .
Working at a job . . .
Walking down the road . . .
Enjoying family time . . .
Reading or writing . . .
Visiting with friends . . .
Shopping . . .
Helping or being helped by a stranger . . .
Taking some time alone . . .
Enjoying and/or taking care of God’s creation . . .
Or anything else.
My professor once said in class: “Every situation in your life is a classroom situation. It is for you to learn the lessons God wants you to learn.” I took his wise counsel and have lived it for many decades!
Finally, a huge part of our classroom learning and teaching has to do with raising the next generation of disciples:
Psalm 127:3 See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.(AKJV)
Children are the heritage of the Lord . . . Think about it!
If the next generation had not been valued by Jesus, I doubt we would be speaking of Him now many generations later. So when you raise your children, make their classroom be anytime, anywhere, doing anything:
Deuteronomy 6: 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: 7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 And you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9And you shall write them on the posts of your house, and on your gates.(AKJV)
This lesson has not changed, it continues today for us.
Make a classroom whether you are lying down . . .
Playing a game . . .
Photos on Pexel
Walking down the lane . . .
Sitting to a meal . . .
Going to church . . .
Children praying Photo from thoughtco.com
And yes! teach them the Word . . .
parents teaching the bible to childrenschoolofchangemakers.com
Teach them to pray . . .
Photo by 123RF.com
As well as listen . . .
This, dear ones, is the Holy Trinity Seminary for the ages!!
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