My daughter Heidi, when she was in kindergarten, took Show and Tell to a whole new level. While other kids were bringing in her favorite toy, Heidi brought a live baby girl that lived down the street. Seriously. Then there’s the time she took her dad for show and tell so the whole class could watch him shave off his mustache. She knew this was something that those kids really needed to see. Why? Because at the ripe old age of 5, Heidi understood that most things you can explain to people but some things you just have to show them.
Not everyone understands this. Take Pontius Pilate. On the day he sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion, he repeatedly tried to get Jesus to say who He was so everyone could see His innocence. Then there’s King Herod , the roman guards and the unruly mob who all wanted Jesus to talk so they could see a miracle. Even those who believed He was the Messiah understood that one word and all this crucifixion would end. But still, Jesus stayed quiet.
Why? Because the time to tell them about who He was had past. It was time to show them. So although one word would bring a legion of angels to defeat His enemies, Jesus quietly died on the cross for our sins. Then He rose from the dead three days later to reveal to all His victory over sin and death. Jesus showed that He was the Savior of the world. Praise God.
As much as I can sit on Easter morning and rejoice in the immensity of Jesus’ gift to me, the joy doesn’t last. Too often there are hard days when I want Jesus to tell me who He is clearly, concisely, and specifically.
- “Tell me Jesus, where you are in all of this mess?”
- “Tell me Jesus, if I start this will you be with me all the way through?”
- “Tell me Jesus, why should I keep on doing what’s right?”
- “Tell me Jesus, why should I stop from doing what’s wrong?”
- “Tell me Jesus, how does this happening to someone I love make any sense?”
Like Pilate, Herod and the rest, I just want Jesus to speak up so that believing in Him would be easier for me. But that’s not how faith works. Faith is about believing in Christ even when it makes no sense to believe in Him. It means to believe in Christ even when it would be easier to quit and just do things your way. It means believing in Christ even when you or those around you are suffering.
Don’t be tempted to think Jesus’ silent responses to your questions are Him not giving you what you need. He doesn’t have to tell you the answer because He already showed you- on the cross. Does anything- on heaven or earth speak louder than that?