May 9, 2017
So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” (John 10:22-30)
As a classroom teacher, I often heard this same type of pleading. “Just tell us the answer!”
Jesus’ role on earth was first and foremost that of a teacher. As every good teacher knows, we do a disservice to our students when we simply hand them the answers. We want to form them as learners; we want them to be seekers of knowledge.
In order for the disciples of Jesus to grow and develop as followers, they needed to be prodded and challenged to seek the truth.
The easy path would have been to declare Himself the Christ, become King, and order everyone to do His will. The more difficult route, which Jesus the Teacher chose, was to lead His students to the truth.
The knowledge we gain through self-discovery is more permanent and life-changing than the knowledge of others that is handed to us.