If you can’t talk to your friends about Jesus, are they really your friends?
On a Sunday morning after church, I sat at breakfast with three friends, talking about Jesus. We were enlightened the statement, “Jesus only directly answered 3 questions during His time on earth.”
Now for those of you that actually know me, you know not answering the question is one of, if not my biggest, pet peeves. For example, Question: “How long do you need to get ready?” Answer: “I just got out of the shower.” While related, that does NOT at all answer my question. I’m not sure if I was more annoyed or fascinated to learn that Jesus only answered 3 questions.
Inquiring minds would want to know,
What were the 3 questions He DID answer?
So I turned to the man I look to for most things I don’t know in life, my dad. I sent him a long text message explaining the situation and asking for some clarification. I can count the number of times my dad did not have an answer to my question on 1 hand, unfortunately, this was one of those times.
With the easy way ruled out. I decided to find those 3 questions myself.
The life of Jesus is chronicled by 4 of his disciples, Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, in the Gospels, found in the New Testament of the Bible. They all tell the same story from different perspectives.
Here is what I found:
10 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?” 11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables, for they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.
At first read, it seems like He does not answer the question. He actually uses a parable to answer the question of why He uses parables. But in verse 13 He breaks it down. Jesus used parables because without them, people would not understand His answers.
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.
The same answer to the same question is also found in Mark 12:28-31.
Here’s where I need your help. I scoured the books of the Gospels for days and could not come up with a 3rd direct answer.
Feel free to debate with me in the comments whether or not you feel like those are direct answers, or if you have a verse where the answer Jesus gave was more direct.
Remember, I said I had an inquiring mind…so my next question was why did He answer those 3 questions directly, but none of the others?
Knowing the ‘why’ in life is so much more important than knowing the ‘what.’ Knowing your ‘why’ will tell you ‘how’ to do your ‘what,’ ‘who’ and ‘when’ to do it to, and you will never question ‘how come?’
But I’ll leave the why for another day.
all my love,