THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 2-25-18

LESSON TITLE: “RABBI!”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.

THANKS YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING FOR THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. IT IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD. WE WELCOME YOU TO THIS SERVICE FOR OUR CREATOR. TODAY, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TOGETHER TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE OUR GOD. THIS MORNING WE WILL GLORIFY OUR LORD THROUGH SONGS OF PRAISE AND THROUGH THE STUDY OF HIS PERFECT WORD. WON’T YOU DO YOUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME TOGETHER ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT? NOW, LET’S APPROACH OUR FATHER’S THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY, FOR THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU. AS WELL FATHER, THAT WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. AND HELP US EVERY DAY IN THIS WORLD THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT. BUT FATHER ALSO THAT OTHERS MIGHT BE ABLE TO LOOK AT OUR LIVES AND HEAR OUR WORDS AND KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU AND DESIRE TO KNOW MORE AND FOLLOW YOUR TRUTH. FATHER, MAY WE LIVE EVERY DAY TOWARD SALVATION KNOWING THAT WE'VE BEEN GIVEN SUCH AN OPPORTUNITY THROUGH THE GREAT GIFT OF YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST, THE SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE ON THE CROSS AS WELL AS HIS BURIAL, HIS DEATH, AND HIS RESURRECTION. FATHER, THESE THINGS WE ARE THANKFUL FOR AND WE KNOW THAT IN THE END IF FOUND FAITHFUL IN YOUR SIGHT WILL RECEIVE NOT ONLY BLESSINGS BUT ETERNAL PROMISES. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

IT’S TIME TO START OUR PRAISE THROUGH SONG. TODAY WE BEGIN WITH A HYMN THAT REMINDS US THAT OUR SAVIOR HAS CALLED US ALL TO SALVATION. THE QUESTION FOR MANKIND IS, WILL WE CHOOSE TO FOLLOW HIM IN ALL THINGS AND COME HOME TO THE GIVER OF LIFE! WON’T YOU JOIN IN THE FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING, AS WE SING TOGETHER, “SOFTLY AND TENDERLY!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED ALL OF THE TALK ABOUT THE TRUTH, THE GOSPEL, AND ABOUT DOCTRINE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT? THE INSPIRED WRITERS DEALT WITH THIS TOPIC A LOT! IN FACT, WE FIND THAT THERE SEEMS TO BE A SPECIFIC GOSPEL AND DOCTRINE SPOKEN ABOUT, WHICH ONE HAD TO FOLLOW IN ORDER TO BE PLEASING TO GOD.

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THE VERSES IN GALATIANS 1:6-8, THERE PAUL SAID, “I MARVEL THAT YOU ARE TURNING AWAY SO SOON FROM HIM WHO CALLED YOU IN THE GRACE OF CHRIST, TO A DIFFERENT GOSPEL, WHICH IS NOT ANOTHER; BUT THERE ARE SOME WHO TROUBLE YOU AND WANT TO PERVERT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. BUT EVEN IF WE, OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL TO YOU THAN WHAT WE HAVE PREACHED TO YOU, LET HIM BE ACCURSED.” PAUL HERE ACKNOWLEDGED THE NEED TO BELIEVE AND FOLLOW A SPECIFIC GOSPEL.

PAUL ALSO WARNED TIMOTHY ABOUT THIS IN CHAPTER ONE OF THAT SECOND EPISTLE. IN FACT IN VERSE 3, HE ENCOURAGES THE YOUNG EVANGELIST TO “CHARGE SOME THAT THEY TEACH NO OTHER DOCTRINE.” OBVIOUSLY A WARNING TO HELP THE BRETHREN REMAIN PURE. FURTHER DOWN IN THE SAME CHAPTER, IN VERSES 10, PAUL TALKS ABOUT THE “SOUND DOCTRINE,” WHICH WE MUST ADHERE TO, AND IN VERSE 11, HE STATES THAT THIS IS ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL, WHICH WE HAVE BEEN COMMITTED WITH. READ THOSE VERSES WITH ME, “BUT HAS NOW BEEN REVEALED BY THE APPEARING OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, WHO HAS ABOLISHED DEATH AND BROUGHT LIFE AND IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT THROUGH THE GOSPEL, TO WHICH I WAS APPOINTED A PREACHER, AN APOSTLE, AND A TEACHER OF THE GENTILES. WOW, HOW WONDROUS AND GLORIOUS THE GOSPEL TRULY IS! THESE VERSES SHOULD CLEARLY SHOW US THAT IT DOES MATTER WHAT WE BELIEVE AND FOLLOW. THEY ALSO CONFIRM FOR US THAT GOD DOES CARE ABOUT WHAT WE DO AND SAY.

WASN’T IT JESUS WHO SAID THE TRUTH WILL MAKE US FREE, JOHN 8:32! WASN’T IT OUR LORD WHO SAID, THAT GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH, JOHN 17:17! CERTAINLY WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US THE BIBLE, SO THAT WE MIGHT KNOW WHAT HE WOULD HAVE US TO DO. FURTHERMORE, THE FACT IS, WHEN WE FOLLOW GOD’S WORD AND ADHERE TO THAT WHICH HE HAS COMMANDED US, THEN AND ONLY THEN ARE WE ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT! DOING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH, THE GOSPEL, AND SOUND DOCTRINE. WON’T YOU CHOSE TO FOLLOW GOD IN HIS WAY TODAY?

OUR TOPIC TODAY WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON OUR SERIES ON JESUS CALLED “IN THE BEGINNING…! OUR SPECIFIC STUDY THIS MORNING IS, “RABBI!” SO STAY WITH US AND IN A FEW MINUTES I WILL RETURN AND LEAD US IN OUR THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “SOLDIERS OF CHRIST ARISE.”

LESSON

RAY SULLINS

THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING WITH US NOW AS WE GO TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER CHARACTERISTIC THAT REALLY DESCRIBES CHRIST FROM JOHN CHAPTER 1. IF YOU'LL BEGIN WITH ME THERE AROUND VERSE 35 THE BIBLE SAYS, “AGAIN, THE NEXT DAY, JOHN STOOD WITH TWO DISCIPLES OF HIS. AND LOOKING AT JESUS AS HE WALKED, HE SAID, BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD! AND THE TWO DISCIPLES HEARD HIM SPEAK, AND THEY FOLLOWED JESUS. THEN JESUS TURNED, AND SEEN THEM FOLLOWING, SAID TO THEM, ‘WHAT DO YOU SEEK?’ AND THEY SAID TO HIM, ‘RABBI, WHERE ARE YOU STAYING?’” WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT IS SAID HERE OR MAYBE YOU'VE NOT REALLY HEARD A LESSON BEFORE, ALTHOUGH WE'VE COVERED THE LAMB OF GOD, MAYBE YOU'VE NOT HEARD A LESSON BEFORE ON THE CONCEPT OF RABBI PROBABLY THE BETTER PRONUNCIATION FROM THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE WOULD BE RABBIE, BUT CERTAINLY THE CONCEPT OF RABBI IS USUALLY HOW THE WORD IS PRONOUNCED. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE IDEA OF A RABBI THEN AND THAT'S HOW WE'LL USE IT THIS DAY. THE QUESTION: WHY DID THEY REFER TO JESUS AS A RABBI? AND WHAT DID EXACTLY THAT WORD MEAN? WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT THAT WORD IS IT'S REALLY A WORD THAT IS BROUGHT UP INTO THE GREEK FROM THE HEBREW. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY TOOK THE ROOT OF A HEBREW WORD THAT REALLY WAS USED OF OLD TO SHOW GREAT RESPECT TO THOSE LEADERS AND THOSE TEACHERS IN THE JEWISH FAITH. AND BECAUSE JUDAISM CONTINUED INTO THE PERIOD WHEN GREEK WAS THE PREDOMINANT AND PRIMARY LANGUAGE OF THE DAY, WE SEE THAT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THERE IS A FORM OF THAT WORD THAT IS NOW PUT INTO THE GREEK WHICH WE TRANSLATE AS RABBIE OR RABBI. AND SO AS WE THINK ABOUT THAT, THEN WHAT DOES THAT WORD MEAN AS IT IS BROUGHT UP FROM THE HEBREW? WHAT THAT WORD MEANS IS THE IDEA OF A TEACHER OR A SCHOLAR, ONE RECOGNIZED BY THE JEWISH PUBLIC AS HAVING GREAT KNOWLEDGE AND AUTHORITY. IN FACT, THE IDEA OF SHOWING RESPECT FOR SOMEONE ELSE BECAUSE OF THEIR WISDOM OR THEIR KNOWLEDGE WOULD BE INCLUSIVE IN THAT. BUT IF WE WERE TO LITERALLY TRANSLATE THE WORD DIRECTLY, THE CONCEPT IS “MY GREAT ONE.” IN FACT, THE HEBREW WORD REALLY FOCUSES ON THE CONCEPT OF GREAT. BUT IN THE GREEK IT'S REALLY DISTINGUISHING THE CONCEPT OF “MY GREAT ONE, MY GREAT TEACHER.” NOW BECAUSE OF THAT IT IS QUITE INTERESTING THAT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WE RARELY SEE THIS WORD USED. WE DO SEE THAT THE JEWS EVIDENTLY WERE REFERRING TO THEMSELVES AND TO THEIR LEADER SOMETIMES AS RABBI. BUT REALLY IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WHEN JESUS CAME TO THE EARTH IT WAS NOT AS ACCEPTABLE BECAUSE EVEN JESUS HIMSELF DEALS WITH THIS ISSUE IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW.

AND IF YOU'LL TURN BACK TO MATTHEW CHAPTER 23, I WANT YOU NOTICE HERE THAT AS JESUS IS ADDRESSING THE MULTITUDES, WHICH INCLUDED, IT SAYS, HIS DISCIPLES, THAT HE SAYS THE FOLLOWING TO THEM THERE IN VERSE SEVEN. AFTER HE BASICALLY IS CONDEMNING MANY OF THE JEWISH LEADERS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT CONSISTENT AND ACTUALLY ARE TRYING TO LORD OVER THE PEOPLE IN WAYS THAT ARE NOT ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF MOSES. AND HERE'S WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSE SEVEN, “‘GREETINGS IN THE MARKETPLACES, AND THE DESIRE TO BE CALLED BY MEN, “RABBI, RABBI.”’” NOW NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS NEXT IN VERSE EIGHT. HE SAYS, “‘BUT YOU...’” WHO? YOU MULTITUDES, YOU DISCIPLES, YOU FOLLOWERS, YOU, “‘DO NOT BE CALLED “RABBI”; FOR ONE IS YOUR RABBI (OR YOUR TEACHER), THAT IS THE CHRIST, AND YOU ARE ALL BRETHREN’” YOU SEE, JESUS HERE HIMSELF SAYS THERE'S ONE BUT ONE WHO IS IDENTIFIED AS MY TEACHER OR THE GREAT TEACHER, THE GREAT ONE. AND THAT IS MYSELF. IN FACT, HE SAYS THE CHRIST. IT'S A DISTINCTIVE WORD BECAUSE LATER IF YOU'LL NOTICE DOWN AS HE WARNED THEM ABOUT CALLING OTHERS FATHER ON THE EARTH AS HE SAYS NO ONE ON EARTH IS YOUR FATHER THERE'S ONE FATHER IN HEAVEN, THERE'S ONE RABBI OR TEACHER IN HEAVEN, THE CHRIST. AND THEN HE SAYS EVEN THERE IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE TEACHERS (VERSE 10), “‘AND DO NOT BE CALLED TEACHERS.’” FOR WHAT IS YOUR TEACHER AGAIN? THE CHRIST. WHAT WAS THE EMPHASIS? WHO JESUS IS. THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE LESSON SERIES THAT WE'VE CONSIDERED FROM JOHN CHAPTER 1. JESUS WAS NOT JUST A MAN, NOT A MERE MAN, HE WAS GOD! GOD IN THE FLESH, THE SON OF GOD, THE WORD WHO WAS GOD AND DWELT WITH GOD. THE LIGHT, THE LIFE. HE WAS THE LAMB OF GOD. HE WAS ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT WE’VE BEEN LOOKING AT TOGETHER. AND THEREFORE, AS WE LOOK AT JESUS AND HE IDENTIFIES HIMSELF SPECIFICALLY IN THIS TEXT AS BEING RABBI, ONE IS YOUR MASTER TEACHER. ONE SHOULD BE CALLED. YOU SHOULDN'T USE THE TERM TEACHER ANYMORE. THE MESSIAH ALONE IS WORTHY OF THAT TITLE! GOD IN THE FLESH ALONE IS WORTHY OF THAT TITLE! JESUS HIMSELF REBUKED THEM BECAUSE THEY LOVED THOSE TITLES. WHEN REALLY WHAT THEY SPOKE THEY DID NOT KNOW AND THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE JEWISH LEADERS WHO LOVED THE TITLES, WHO LOVED THE PRAISE OF MEN, HAD ACTUALLY REJECTED THE GREAT TEACHER HIMSELF. THE GREAT ONE! THE GREAT RABBI! THE GREATEST WHO HAD EVER LIVED!

NOW WITH THAT IN MIND, IT'S INTERESTING THAT ABOUT 15 TIMES IS ALL THAT WE SEE THAT THE WORD RABBI IS USED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. AND ALL OF THESE ARE SEEN WITHIN THE GOSPEL ACCOUNTS IN THE DAYS OF THE JEWS BECAUSE IT WAS, AS WE SAID, PREDOMINANTLY A WORD BROUGHT UP FROM THE HEBREW THAT THE JEWS USED TO RESPECT THEIR LEADERS AND THEN THAT WAS BROUGHT INTO THE GREEK LANGUAGE. BUT IN THE BIBLE IT IS ONLY REFERENCING IN A PROPER WAY, JESUS CHRIST, RABBI, THE GREAT ONE, THE GREAT TEACHER, THE MASTER TEACHER. NOW TO UNDERSTAND THAT A LITTLE BIT BETTER, LET'S NOTICE A FEW OTHER EXAMPLES THAT WE HAVE. OVER IN THE BOOK OF JOHN, JUST A FEW CHAPTERS, WE FIND THE STORY OF A MAN CALLED NICODEMUS IN CHAPTER 3. A MAN WHO WAS A RULER OF THE JEWS WHO HAD USED THE WORD RABBI BEFORE NO DOUBT TO THE JEWS. AND PERHAPS, HIMSELF, HAD DESIRED TO BE CALLED RABBI. SO HERE'S A MAN WHO CERTAINLY WOULD UNDERSTAND SUCH THINGS BUT A MAN WHO WASN'T SURE ABOUT JESUS. HE HAD NOT REALLY MADE UP HIS MIND IT SEEMS. NOTICE WHAT HE CALLS JESUS IN VERSE TWO. HE SAYS, “THIS MAN CAME TO JESUS BY NIGHT,” NICODEMUS ADDRESSED IN VERSE ONE OF JOHN THREE, “AND HE SAYS TO HIM, ‘RABBI.’” NOW WHY WOULD NICODEMUS, AN ACTIVE JEWISH LEADER, REFER TO JESUS WHO WAS QUESTIONED IS HE THE MESSIAH OR NOT? HE HAS THE POWER, WHY WOULD HE REFER TO HIM AS SUCH? NOTICE WHAT EVEN NICODEMUS SAYS. HE SAYS, “‘RABBI, WE KNOW.’” WE KNOW! THE LEADERS KNOW THAT, “‘YOU ARE A TEACHER COME FROM GOD; BECAUSE NO ONE COULD DO WHAT YOU DO EXCEPT THEY BE FROM GOD.’” YOU SEE, EVEN THE JEWISH LEADERS, DESPITE THE FACT THEY WOULDN'T TELL THE PEOPLE THAT THEY WEREN'T LETTING THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT, EVEN THEY BELIEVE. EVEN THEY COULD SEE THAT JESUS WAS DOING THE WORK OF GOD AND THE POWER OF GOD. AND THEREFORE, WHAT DOES HE ADDRESS HIM AS? THE HIGHEST, REALLY, REFERENCE THAT HE COULD GIVE? A MAN. AN EARTHLY MAN. AND DID YOU NOTICE HERE THIS IS THE SAME JESUS OF NAZARETH? THE SAME ONE THAT PEOPLE MIGHT SAY, ‘WELL, HE WASN'T OF THE TRIBE OF LEVI,’ OR, ‘HE'S NOT THE HIGH PRIEST IN THE PHYSICAL SENSE,’ ALTHOUGH SCRIPTURES REFER TO HIM AS THE SPIRITUAL HIGH PRIEST TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK. SO MANY THINGS BEGIN TO BE BROUGHT OUT BECAUSE HE CALLS HIM THE GREAT ONE! HE CALLS HIM THE MASTER TEACHER.

WE SEE THAT ALSO THROUGHOUT THE GOSPEL ACCOUNTS IN RELATIONSHIP TO OTHERS AND WE SEE THE CONCEPT THAT THEY ALSO REFERRED TO JESUS AS RABBI. WE ALSO NOTICED THE DISCIPLES CALLED HIM RABBI. TURN OVER A FEW MORE CHAPTERS IN JOHN CHAPTER 6. LOOK THERE IN CHAPTER 6 AND VERSE 25. AND THERE THE BIBLE SAYS THIS, “AND WHEN THEY FOUND HIM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SEA, HIS DISCIPLES SAID TO HIM, ‘RABBI, WHEN DID YOU COME HERE?’” HIS DISCIPLES NOW ARE CALLING HIM RABBI. WHY? WE JUST READ A MOMENT AGO THAT JESUS SAID THERE IS BUT ONE WHO'S YOUR RABBI. THERE'S ONE WHO'S THE GREAT ONE, THE MASTER TEACHER. THE SON OF GOD, GOD HIMSELF IN THE FLESH, THE ONE WHO HAS COME TO SAVE THE WORLD. OVER IN CHAPTER 9 AND VERSE TWO AGAIN HIS DISCIPLES SAY AS THEY ASK HIM, “‘RABBI, WHO SINNED, THIS MAN OR HIS PARENTS, THAT HE WAS BORN BLIND?’” YOU SEE, HIS DISCIPLES CALLED HIM RABBI. THEY CALLED HIM RABBI BECAUSE THEY KNEW WHO HE WAS. THEY HAD HEARD HIS MESSAGE. IS THAT SO STRANGE?

YOU KNOW, I CAN THINK OF MANY PLACES IN THE GOSPEL THAT I COULD GO TO SHOW YOU BUT PERHAPS THE GREATEST PLACE IS AT THE END OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN HE JUST PREACHED THAT LONG SERMON TO ALL THE MULTITUDES AND THAT NO DOUBT THEY WERE ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEAT LISTENING TO EVERY BEAUTIFUL WORD THAT CAME OUT OF THE MASTER TEACHER’S MOUTH. THE GREAT ONE’S MOUTH. WHAT DOES IT SAY AT THE END OF THAT? WHAT WAS THE REACTION OF THE PEOPLE? IN MATTHEW SEVEN VERSE 28 THE BIBLE SAYS, “AND SO IT WAS, WHEN JESUS HAD ENDED THESE SAYINGS, THAT THE PEOPLE WERE ASTONISHED AT HIS TEACHINGS.” THEY WERE MARVELED, THEY WERE AMAZED THAT THIS MAN COULD HAVE SUCH, THAT HE COULD BE SUCH A MASTER TEACHER. THEY WERE BESIDE THEMSELVES. IN FACT, VERSE 29 SAYS SPECIFICALLY, WHY WERE THEY SO AMAZED? BECAUSE, “HE TAUGHT THEM AS ONE HAVING AUTHORITY AND NOT AS THE SCRIBES.” WHO WERE THE SCRIBES? THOSE KEEPERS OF THE LAW, THE ONES WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO KNOW THE MOST ABOUT THE WORD. BUT THE LOGIC OF JESUS, THE ABILITY THAT HE HAD TO COMMUNICATE SO BEAUTIFULLY WITH THE PEOPLE WAS EVEN FAR SURPASSING WHAT THE SCRIBES COULD DO. JESUS' LOGIC AND HIS ABILITY TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND WHAT THESE TRUTHS ACTUALLY MEANT AND HOW THEY SHOULD BE APPLIED WAS BEYOND REALLY THEIR UNDERSTANDING. THEY WERE AMAZED IT SAYS. DO YOU SEE WHY JESUS WAS THE MASTER TEACHER? DO YOU SEE WHY HE WAS REFERRED TO AND HE HIMSELF AS GOD IN THE FLESH SAID CALL NO MAN RABBI, FOR THERE'S ONE MASTER TEACHER. THERE'S ONE GREAT ONE WHO HAS COME FROM GOD, WHO IS GOD, WHO IS THE SON OF GOD, WHO IS THE LAMB OF GOD, WHO IS THE LIFE, WHO IS THE LIGHT OF MEN. THERE'S ONE WHO WAS THE WORD WHO BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG MEN, AND ON AND ON WE COULD GO ABOUT HOW BEAUTIFUL THAT PICTURE IS OF JESUS, NOW THE GREAT ONE, THE GREAT AND MASTER TEACHER.

AND OF COURSE PETER. IF YOU TURN TO THE BOOK OF MARK, WE KNOW THAT PETER'S INVOLVEMENT CERTAINLY IN THE GREAT MINISTRY OF JESUS IS PROFOUND. BUT PETER HIMSELF SPEAKS OF THE CONCEPT OF RABBI. BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME WHEN HE USED THIS IDEA, WHEN IT STANDS OUT. NOTICE THERE IN MARK CHAPTER 9 AND VERSE FIVE AT THE MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION, WHEN THE DISCIPLES ARE THERE, AND AS THEY SEE THESE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING WE SEE THAT ELIJAH IS PRESENT. WE SEE THAT MOSES IS PRESENT. AND THEN DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT IS THAT PETER SAID IN MARK CHAPTER 9 AND VERSE FIVE? HE THEN SAID AND ANSWERED AS HE SPEAKS TO JESUS, “‘RABBI,’” OH GREAT ONE. MASTER TEACHER. MOSES AND ELIJAH ARE THERE. THE VOICE OF GOD. “‘RABBI, IT IS GOOD FOR US TO BE HERE; AND LET US MAKE THREE TABERNACLES: ONE FOR YOU RABBI, ONE FOR MOSES, AND ONE FOR ELIJAH.’” BUT NOW NOTICE WHAT HAPPENS. “BECAUSE HE DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO SAY, FOR THEY WERE GREATLY AFRAID. HE'S AFRAID. HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING IN THE PRESENCE OF THESE GREAT MEN, EVEN THE RABBI, HIMSELF, JESUS. AND THEN IN VERSE SEVEN THE CLARIFICATION COMES FROM THE HEAVENS ABOVE AND WE READ THERE, “AND A CLOUD CAME AND OVERSHADOWED THEM; AND A VOICE CAME OUT OF THE CLOUD, SAYING, ‘THIS IS MY BELOVED SON. HEAR HIM!’” WHO IS THE TEACHER? MY, MY, NOT MOSES! WOULD THE JEWS HAVE CALLED MOSES RABBI OR THOUGHT HE WAS A RABBI? CERTAINLY. WOULD THEY HAVE THOUGHT OF ELIJAH AND CONSIDERED ELIJAH? YES AS ONE. WHO DOES THE FATHER SAY THIS IS MY SON? THIS IS THE GREAT ONE. THE GREATEST ONE. THIS IS THE MASTER. THE GREATEST MASTER TEACHER THAT HAS EVER LIVED. AND THAT IS JESUS CHRIST! AND WHY IT IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL THING WHEN WE SEE THAT TRULY JESUS DID THESE THINGS ACCORDING TO WHAT IT IS THAT THE WILL OF THE FATHER WAS THAT HE MIGHT BE IDENTIFIED AS RABBI AND THAT HE MIGHT MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO LIVED BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND THAT TRULY HE AND HE ALONE HAD THE WORDS OF LIFE. YOU SEE, NO LONGER COULD THE WORDS OF LIFE BE FOUND THROUGH THE SCRIBES AND THE PHARISEES AND THE SADDUCEES THAT HELD ON TO THE OLD LAW. THEY HAD TO TURN TO JESUS WHO BROUGHT THE NEW COVENANT, THE NEW MESSAGE TO BRING SALVATION TO ALL MEN.

NOW, PERHAPS ONE OF THE SADDEST TIMES THAT THE WORD RABBI WAS USED WAS FOUND THERE IN THE BOOK OF MARK ONCE AGAIN. BUT IN MARK 14 IT'S A PARALLEL OF WHAT'S FOUND IN MATTHEW 26. BUT WHEN JUDAS BETRAYED JESUS, GUESS WHAT JUDAS CALLED JESUS WHEN HE BETRAYED HIM THERE IN MARK 14 AND VERSE 45? IT SAYS THE BETRAYER CAME AND HE GAVE HIM A KISS. AND THEY SEIZED HIM AND, “AS SOON AS HE HAD COME, IMMEDIATELY HE WENT UP TO HIM AND HE SAID, ‘RABBI, RABBI!’ AND HE KISSED HIM.” EVEN JUDAS ACKNOWLEDGED HIM AS THE GREAT TEACHER, THE GREAT ONE. EVEN JUDAS IN THAT MOMENT OF DECEPTION KNEW WHO JESUS WAS. LATER WE REMEMBER THAT JUDAS IS IDENTIFIED AS COMMITTING SUICIDE BECAUSE HE'S UNABLE TO REALLY HANDLE WHAT IT IS THAT HE HAS DONE, KNOWING WHO THE CHRIST IS, SEEING THE POWER OF GOD HAVING BEEN WITH JESUS FOR SO LONG.

BRETHERERN, MAY WE NOT FIND OURSELVES IN SUCH A CONDITION BUT RATHER MAY WE LOOK TO JESUS AND KNOW THAT HE IS ALONE OUR RABBI. THAT HE ALONE IS THAT GREAT ONE AND THE GREATEST ONE. THAT HE ALONE IS THAT MASTER TEACHER. AND MAY WE THEN GO TO THE WORD OF GOD AND SEE HIS TEACHINGS IN THE NEW COVENANT AND APPLY THOSE TEACHINGS, KNOWING THAT WHAT HE HAS GIVEN US ARE THE GREATEST WORDS OF LIFE! FOR HE IS THE LIFE. AND THE FACT THAT THOSE GREATEST WORDS LEAD, NOT ONLY TO LIFE IN THIS DAY, BUT ALSO TO ETERNAL LIFE TO COME. WILL YOU NOT SERVE GOD FULLY THIS VERY HOUR?

CLOSING COMMENTS

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