Remember what happened in grade school when the teacher stepped out of the room for a moment?
Even though she left instructions to continue working on the lesson, usually something quite different took place!
Without the Teacher things go downhill very fast! Students quickly forget the instructions. Lose focus, begin to play around and sometimes even fight.
Here we see what happened when Jesus left some of His disciples alone to go up on the mountain.
When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them.
This is still what religion comes to without the Teacher. Christians begin to focus on arguments about truth rather than practical lessons about how to live it.
It’s only possible to follow Jesus successfully when we learn to practice the continual presence of the Teacher. It is only He who keeps us focused on our lesson at hand - becoming more like Him!
There is another unfortunate result of the Teacher’s absence. His students lose power. A man in crowd reports – I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.
Religion without power is always the result when the Teacher is not present. We can only do what He asks and become what He desires when we remain conscious of His presence.
Weak, ineffective, argumentative! That’s religion – and life - without the Teacher!