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For Educators: How to Exemplify Jesus in the Classroom (Part 1 of 2)

by | May 7, 2016 | Education |

Before Jesus was recognized as the Son of God, He was most often referred to as “Rabbi” or “Teacher” (Matthew 26:25, 26:49, Mark 9:5, 10:51, 11:21), which is the essence and nature of the type of influence a teacher has on his/her students.  As a remarkable, qualitative relationship, this influence serves as a guide for a growing mentorship between student and pupil.  Jesus embodies all of the necessary characteristics of a good teacher – grace, compassion, intelligence, and direction.  In today’s classrooms, teachers can easily become distracted by social variables that attempt to deteriorate the type of relationship necessary to enrich their students.  Broken families, depression, disrespect….there are so many elements used by today’s students to define their self-worth, but teachers must look beyond how students see themselves to instead how Jesus sees them.  As Paul describes in 1 Timothy 1:16, “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” A good teacher embodies the same characteristics that Christ demonstrated to His disciples.

Dr. Brian Horn is chair of the education department and associate professor of education at Dallas Christian College.

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