Albert Schweitzer played Bach so expertly that Charles Widor, himself an accomplished composer and organist, found himself a student of the good Doctor’s tutelage. His willingness to admit Schweitzer’s superior expertise to his own skill has significant implications for all religious people vis á vis Jesus.
Whoever he encountered, of whatever intellectual or social credentials, the Teacher had something to say to everyone in Israel. As did his apostles to their audiences Empire-wide. As do Christians to this day.
While the subject matter will be formerly catalogued later, consider a few random examples. Jesus could teach every human, and many disciples, essential facts about Discipleship.
For example, that self-denial is the basis of it, and without which no true discipleship exists. With Matthew 16:21-28 as the text, remember that Simon Peter confessed Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
“From that time on” Jesus taught openly what he had previously taught in figures. He must “suffer many things...must be killed...be raised to life....”
The same Simon tried to correct Jesus. “This shall never happen to you.” To find himself, not blessed, but a satan for objecting to what Jesus said.
Self-denial is undoubtedly the least mentioned aspect of discipleship in today’s preaching. Tithing may run a close second. But there it is...staring unblinkingly at us...self-denial the basis of discipleship. Will we learn and obey that from Jesus? End Part II