Was Jesus Just a Teacher?

Many are fond of respecting Jesus as a moral teacher just like Gandhi or Socrates. But in this lab, John Piper reminds us how Jesus cannot be thought of as only a teacher.

Principle for Bible Reading


The word “for” at the beginning of verse 45 is a ground, which gives support or a reason for another statement. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.

In this case, Piper shows us how the ground in verse 45 gives the reason why disciples of Jesus should not lord authority over others (verse 42), but should pursue a better way.

Study Questions

  1. Who has been your favorite teacher in life? What made them a good teacher? How is Jesus like and unlike a good teacher?
  2. Read Mark 10:43–45. How does Jesus motivate us to imitate him in serving others?
  3. Who can you specifically serve this week? In what ways can you obey Christ and build them up?