"A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher." (Luke 6:40 NKJV)
The relationship between a teacher and student was perceived much differently than how it is comprehended today. Our modern way of viewing someone becoming “perfectly trained,” is based on the amount of information they consume and add to their foundation of knowledge. Whereas, the Biblical model is fulfilled by the disciple becoming transformed into the nature of their teacher and completely embodying their Rabbi.
The disciples training went way beyond your basic pen-and-pad knowledge. They would need to observe and echo every single aspect of their teacher’s life. From their style of speech, to their eating habits, and even down to their bathroom etiquettes. There was nothing off limits when it came to emulating their teacher. If the Rabbi had a leg injury and walked with a slight limp, the disciples that were training under him would also walk with a limp.
This might seem a little bizarre and over-the-top, but the intention was pure. The student had one main goal, which was to reach the point where you could not tell the difference between him and his teacher.
Similarly, our objective as modern day disciples is to incarnate Christ and to personify the nature, heart, and disposition of our Savior. This way we get to know Him more, and He becomes visible to the world. Our aim as a Christian is not to fill our minds with knowledge about Jesus, but to become Jesus by transfiguring into the image of Christ.
Jesus manifested God on the Earth. He told His disciples, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Paul said to the Jesus community that they should imitate him just as he has been imitating Christ (see 1 Corinthians 11:1). These examples model the epitome of our divine call; for us to one day say, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen Jesus.”