Jesus was the world’s preeminent teacher (John 3:2).
No teacher or personality has ever inspired others the way Jesus has. Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, and Aristotle for 40. Jesus taught for 3 1⁄2.
Yet the influence of Christ’s ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from those great philosophers.
Jesus was an unusual teacher. On one occasion, the Pharisees stirred up the chief priests to send officers to arrest Jesus. The officers came back without Him. When asked why, they said, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:45–46).
When He spoke, people listened, “for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:29). His teaching is perfectly pure, without any component of error (John 1:17; 8:32; 14:15).
The magnificent teachings of this humble carpenter from Galilee also lift Jesus into a category by Himself. Consider His standard of “Love your enemies” or “Pray for those who spitefully use you” or “Give, and it will be given to you” (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:38).
This world would be a far better place if everyone followed the teachings of the Nazarene. —Author Unknown