School is still looking a lot different these days with kids still taking classes remotely from home, some going to school in a hybrid fashion only a few days a week with the other days at home learning, and others going to school full-time in regular fashion with masks, often in pods with small groups of students.
I got to thinking that we did not know many of these words over a year ago and now they are a normal part of our vocabulary as we schedule our days with our children. It also got me to thinking that learning takes place in many ways, ways that we might have thought were unworkable before.
What does this have to do with Jesus? It is important because it brings to light that Jesus was very adaptable in his teaching methods. He taught remotely in the homes of people living in various parts of the surrounding territory where he lived. He taught in hybrid ways, sometimes alone with a single person and sometimes with crowds of people. He taught in pods, if you will, sharing knowledge of God’s kingdom with a small group of 12 disciples.
His teaching style may have changed with each type of teaching circumstance, but his messages to his students was always the same. His lessons were to repent, to love, to tell, to listen, to pray, to trust, to grow in faith, and to live in hope. For all those who teach (which is all of us, in one way or another), our approach should be the same as Jesus’. We should always be ready to adapt and be flexible, but we should never change our lesson plan to instruct our students in the ways of Jesus and the power of his salvation for us. As Jesus himself said, “Learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). Let the learning continue for all of you.