by M. Kenneth Lyon

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What Difference Does It Make? (1 of 3)
Series: Lessons for Vital Living
M. Kenneth Lyon
Mark 9:30-37
September 21, 1997

I want to take a brief survey. If you are an educator, if you are a teacher in the public school system, private schools, or have been a teacher in public school or private school or in education in any fashion, would you lift your hand and keep them up? All right now, if you have also been a Sunday school teacher, a Bible study leader, and - now, keep your hands up - if you have been one of those or are currently one, would you lift your hands up? Now, for those of you who do not have your hands lifted, look around and see all these folks who do. And then give thanks to God for them. Thank you. Put your hands down.

The reason I'm saying that is that I have a tremendous, tremendous appreciation for teachers. Teaching is probably the most difficult of all professions because indeed it is not simply the dissemination of information, it is the impartation of meaning and wisdom through the process of sharing information. The good teacher, the excellent teacher, is one who can give of themselves as well as simply state the facts of what needs to be learned And you never know if you're quite getting through. I remember hearing the story about a junior high teacher who asked the students one question on a quiz that said, "Define gross ignorance." One student wrote the answer, "Gross ignorance is 144 times worst than regular ignorance." You just don't know if you're getting through.

You do know, however, that the most often used term describing Jesus in the Gospels is that of Teacher, Rabbi. He was a consummate teacher, but don't you know Jesus had difficulty sometimes getting through, as good as He was? Don't you know that he often wondered if He was ever going to pull it off with these Disciples? Take, for example, what He's doing in our passage of Scripture today. He's teaching the disciples. He's teaching them that in a very short tim ...

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