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JESUS : The Great Guru
Vs. 32. “ They were
astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority.”
Luke chapter 4 gives a vivid picture of Jesus’ authority,
authority over the evil powers, authority as the son of God and
authority as the light to the world
In Jesus’ time, people were familiar with many Rabbis who
were teachers and interpreters of the law. In fact, they were blind
guides. They gave burdens and bondage rather than freedom and light.
But in Jesus, people saw a teacher, healer and deliverer who transcends
all the popular understanding of a Rabbi. He taught with authority, he
had authority to change the desperate human conditions of bondage to
sin and sickness. His presence itself was one of giving hope. Thus he
can be called a ‘guru’ though Jesus was much higher than a ‘guru’
in the sense that he practiced what he taught. He was a guru who walked
The healing and teaching ministry of Jesus given in
chapter 4 is the Nazareth Manifesto in action. God in the creation
ordered ‘Let there be light’. The presence of Jesus itself is bringing
light to the dark and grief stricken world. The authority of Jesus as a
guru can be seen in the following areas.
Authority to free.
Who needs freedom? The answer is ‘everyone’. As Rousseau
once said, “Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains”, we are
under bondage though we think that we are free. Bondage especially
under evil or sin is helplessness and hopelessness.
In the synagogue the man with an unclean spirit confronts
Jesus. The spirit asks Jesus not to disturb or destroy them and they
proclaim that he is the son of God. The man, who is affected is not
talking, instead the evil spirit is talking to Jesus. The evil makes
our God-given humanity hidden or silent. The control of evil spirit can
be interpreted as any element that adversely affects our life from the
inside out (addictions, bad influences, mental disorder etc.). The
pronoun used by the evil spirit is ‘us’ points to the man’s
multiplicity of bondages under evil (v 34).
Jesus’ response was "be silent" and “come
out of the man." In his presence evil has no right to speak
because he only has authority and his authority was to set free from
darkness. He voluntarily takes the initiative and heals the man. His
action reveals Jesus’ compassion towards the helpless people.
Simon’s mother in law was sick. Jesus rebuked the
fever and it left her immediately. Healing in Simon’s house is
accounted in Mark and Matthew also. There Jesus healed by touching
Simon’s mother in law (Matthew 8.14-15, Mark 1.31).In Luke’s gospel it
is written that Jesus rebuked the fever (v 38,39).The command is
expressed by the greek word "epitimesen", the word just used
to address the raging storm (Luke 8.24).This shows Jesus’ authority to
order everything, whether it is living or non-living. When he commanded
the fever to leave, she immediately got up and served them.
teach (vs. 42-44)
People followed Jesus wherever he went. They were amazed
by his teaching. His teaching inspired people because of its
authority and newness. For them his words was the light which liberates
them from the darkness of ignorance into the revelation of God’s
kingdom. In Indian Culture,Guru means the one who dispels darkness and
leads to light. The syllable ‘gu’ means darkness and ‘ru’ means he who
dispels it. So Jesus can be called a guru, an eternal guru of
hope, order and light to the world.
If we observe Jesus’ ministry, we can see that it is
everywhere. in the home, in the synagogue, in the wilderness, in
the cities etc. Jesus rebuked the people who tried to limit his
ministry to the small area of Capernaum.
Through Jesus, the kingdom of God entered into the
world with authority. As we are part of the same kingdom. we have to continue
the work of the kingdom by involving, participating and leading the
work to liberate, to console and to give light in this world. Are we
really under his authority?
God, in your light, lead us to the light and the truth
so that we will be able to lead others. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
As Christians, how far are we able to practice what we
Binu Thomas, Kurichimuttom St. Johns MTC, Edayaranmula
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…