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June 13 – Jesus the good teacher

“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” – Mark 10:17 

Scripture Reading: Mark 10:17-27

What a strange response Jesus gave the rich young man. The man, seeking to flatter Jesus, called Him “Good Teacher”. Prodding him, seeking to understand why the man called Him Good, Jesus asked him “Why do you call Me Good?” The interaction between Jesus and the rich young man highlights the truth of Jesus’ title: Good Teacher.

Jesus is the Good Teacher because He is God. He has the power to save. His blood and His propitiating work is the only access one can have to the Father in heaven. He is the Good Teacher because nothing is impossible with Him; nothing will stop Him from bringing many sons and daughters to the Father.

Jesus is the Good Teacher, as He proves by His great patience in dealing with the prideful, rich man. That man, conceived and born in sin, was so misguided that he believed he had kept all the commandments. How do you know this is not true? No one keeps them, except Jesus. Jesus by the questions He asked the man, proved the man had violated the greatest commandment “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” The rich man turned away from Jesus and so proved he loved his possessions more than he loved God.

Jesus is the Good Teacher, as He patiently teaches the wayward crowd, and His often-confused disciples. More than this, Jesus continues to patiently teach us, by His Word and Spirit, so that we will know Him as truly Good and truly our Teacher.

Suggestions for prayer

Praise Jesus as your Good Teacher; pray that many will know Him as the Good Teacher Who has conquered sin and leads His followers in the way everlasting.

Rev. Richard Vander Vaart served as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America for over twenty years, before joining the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He is now serving as the Atlantic Region prison-visiting pastor working with Redemption Prison Ministry. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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