The teacher of the law was given a great opportunity. He was able to ask Jesus a question directly. And Jesus answered him directly! This is uncommon as Jesus usually responded with another question, with a parable, or with a story or illustration that indirectly answers the question.
Think for a moment if you were this teacher. What other question would you ask – this one goes right to the heart of his profession. If you were a doctor, for example, you might ask about the cure to a disease.
I think the question we would ask would depend on where we are in our faith journey or on what has been occurring recently in our life. If there has been a tragic event or if we or a loved one are drawing close to the end of our time on earth, then the question will center on this. Many of our questions in these cases center on the “why” question.
If one is in a ‘normal’ stage of life and all is relatively good in life, the questions would be different. Maybe our question would center on the how and what type of questions. But in all cases, I think our questions would center on wanting to understand something better.
So if you could ask anything of Jesus, what would it be? It is important to wrestle with our questions because they lead to conversations with Jesus. Our questions reveal a lot about our inner being, the state of our faith, the things that are unsettled within us, and the things we long for deeply.
While we usually do not get as direct of an answer as the teacher of the law received, our questions are great to consider anyway. Ask Him your question! Allow the ongoing conversation between you two to roll around in your heart and mind and to build your faith in and understanding of Jesus and who He calls you to be.
Scripture reference: Mark 12: 28-34