“Jesus was the Master Teacher. As you study the teaching and preaching ministry of Jesus Christ, you discover the following:
Jesus was not a paid ‘professional’ teacher” (Matt 23:8).
Jesus chose his pupils (John 13:18).
Jesus was not restricted to a specific location or single setting: the temple (Matt 21:12-13), the synagogue (Mark 1:21), on a mountain (Matt 5:1), in fisherman’s boats (Luke 5:1-11), at a wedding (John 2:1-11), at a funeral (Luke 7:11-17), at a well (John 4:1-26), and in many other settings.
Jesus possessed a unique authority (Matt 7:29).
Jesus’ curriculum was his own, though directed by the Father (John 8:28).
Jesus understood His students:
- He knew their capacities fully and accurately (John 3:10; 16:12).
- He used repetition effectively, teaching multiple kingdom parables that repeat the same lessons (Matt 13; John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7).
- He encouraged earnest students, instructing some privately concerning parables (Matt 13:36-42) and giving special attention to Peter, John, and James at his transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36) and in the garden of Gethsemane (Matt 26:37-38).
- He ensured a right attitude toward himself (John 4:1-26).
- He established and maintained right relationships between his pupils (John 15:12-13).
Jesus’s personal qualities and abilities maintained class control:
- He had an extraordinary ability to maintain the pupils’ interest and attention (Mark 12:37; Luke 2:46-47).
- He possessed great patience, self-control, and self-discipline (Matt 26:63; 27:11-14; Luke 23:9).
- He maintained a dignified attitude (Matt 3:13-15).
- He had a supernatural ability to lead (John 11:14-16).
- He corrected wrong thinking (John 4:31-38).
- He used an effective look at Peter when that disciple uttered his third denial of association with Christ (Luke 22:61).
- He could level a stern rebuke when necessary (Matt 15:23).
- He warned of consequences (Matt 5:20).
- He exemplified bold living based on biblical conviction (Matt 21:12-13; John 13:27-30).
Jesus used a variety of literary and communicative devices in his teaching:
- He used different types of linguistic devices and styles for effective communication, including symbolism (Matt 5:13), synonymous parallelism (Matt 12:30), antithetic parallelism (Matt 10:39), metaphor (Matt 15:26), hyperbole (Matt 5:29-30), parable (Matt 13), and proverb (Luke 4:23).
- He employed visual aids (Luke 21:29-30).
- He utilized novelty (Matt 17:24-27).
- He turned his pupils’ surroundings into visual aids (John 4:35).
- He used miracles as visual aids (Matt 21:18-22).
- Jesus himself served as a visual aid (Matt 11:28-30).
Jesus employed questions as a teaching method (Matt 16:15; 18:21; Luke 5:23; John 20:15).”