Jesus Is The Question
Posted: Wednesday, April 20
Verse of the day:
“Let me ask you a question first,” he replied. “Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human?” (Luke 20:3-4)
I feel like Jesus would have loved Jeopardy. It’s hard to imagine Him as a contestant, but I’m at least confident that Jesus was a big fan of answering questions with more questions. If you count them up, Jesus asks 307 questions within the four gospels. Jesus is asked 183 questions, and He only directly answers 3. This preference of questions over answers captivated people, confused people, and infuriated those in authority.
If you think about it, why would an all-knowing God ask anything? Jesus was literally the embodiment of truth, and yet, He rationed answers with the utmost care. Is it possible that a good question is better than a great answer?
Questions further conversations while answers can end them. Questions come from a place of openness and humility while answers can express our overconfidence and pride. Questions engage listeners in the search for a solution while blanket answers can disenfranchise those who have not walked the same road or carry the same experiences.