A “Why?” for a “Why?”

How Jesus responded

So often during Jesus’ ministry He had to correct the views of His opponents and even His own disciples. On several occasions when objectors asked, “Why?” Jesus replied with a “Why?” of His own.

When Jesus forgave the paralytic, some thought, “Why does this man speak this way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus replied, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?” (Mark 2:7-8). Jesus proceeded to heal the man, thus proving He did indeed have the authority to forgive.

Another time the Pharisees and scribes challenged Him: “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” Jesus countered, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?” (Matthew 15:2-3). Jesus’ enemies were doubly guilty—not only did they unjustly accuse Jesus’ disciples, but they were blind to their own failures.

When Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus, His disciples objected, “Why this waste? For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” Jesus replied, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me” (Matthew 26:8-10).

Learning to see from His perspective

In all three of these cases, those who thought Jesus was wrong turned out to be wrong themselves, whether they were willing to admit it or not. Jesus has the advantage of the divine perspective. His words of truth expose our faulty human reasoning for what it is. His perfect life validates all He taught.

As we get to know Christ better, we so often discover that His heavenly values run counter to our own limited, sin-warped, earth-bound thinking.

Something has to give. Let’s trust our own thinking less, and His more (Proverbs 3:5-6).

After all, shouldn’t He always have the last word?


Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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