“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work,” Jesus told them.
Chapter 5 of Harrell Howard Horne’s book, Jesus The Master Teacher, is entitled:
Harrell: A real teacher must have both strategy and tactics, that is, he must have both objectives and means for attaining them. Without strategy, tactics have no goal; without tactics, strategy has no means of attainment. What were the objectives of the Great Teacher? First, make a list of these for yourself, and then compare it with the one given below.
What were Jesus’ objectives as a teacher? What were his aims? Did some ideas come to mind, when we read Harrell’s words, above?
- Teaching strategy
- Teaching tactics
- Teaching objectives
Here is Harrell’s list the 9 aims of Jesus:
- To do his Father’s will and work.
- To be accepted as Messiah.
- To win learners and to train them as witnesses of his.
- To substitute vital for formal religion.
- To fulfill the law in the new universal kingdom of social righteousness.
- To show by example and to teach by precept the way of life.
- To quicken the faith and hope of men.
- To break the bonds of race prejudice.
- To destroy the works of darkness.
- Which ones of these are practical for us?
- Is Jesus more concerned with our thinking or our actions, what we believe or what we do?
- How do our secular goals for education today coincide or differ with Jesus’ educational style?
- To develop a sound body: He healed people and made them whole.
- To form a good character: He lived and taught the highest standards of moral character.
- To refine feeling: He pointed out the beauties of nature.
- To inform and equip the intellect: He taught ethical and spiritual truths and trained the intelligence of his disciples.
- To make a good citizen: He was a good citizen and taught obedience to civil authority.
- To cultivate productive skill: He was a carpenter and taught economic virtues.
- To relate life to its Source and Goal: He was the Son and spiritualized life.
- Would you say that one of the aims of Jesus was to establish religion as an ecclesiastical institution on the earth?
- Did Jesus intend to reform Judaism or to found Christianity?
- Review his aims and ask in which he succeeded best.
- To what extent should his aims be ours?
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