Jesus was sometimes called Rabbi, which means teacher or master. This was a title of respect for Jewish teachers and leaders. This title is not used in the Old Testament.
In our Bible Reading today, the Easy-to-Read Version uses the word Teacher instead of Rabbi. In these verses, Jesus warned His disciples about using titles such as Teacher (Rabbi), Master and Father. But often people called Jesus Rabbi. In the book of John, people called Jesus “Rabbi” five times.
Jesus’ teaching in verses 8-10 of our Bible Reading shows us that we should be careful about using titles in the church. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. None of us is above another person, and none of us is beneath another person! We are all equal in Christ.
As Christians, we have only one Teacher or Rabbi — Jesus Christ, our Lord!