1. Mark 10:17 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What is the character of the address “Good Teacher”?

Mark 10:17 (ESV)

17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

This address is more than a flattering word in order to earn Jesus’ favour. The kneeling posture, which is unusual with respect to a rabbi, and the nature of the question, which is very personal, compel us to hear in the address “Good Teacher” an acknowledgement of Jesus as the Leader to life eternal. His word for the rich young man here is decisive.1