Answer the Question!

Maybe it’s the journalist in me. Maybe it’s a holdover from my four years in the ultimate oxymoron – military intelligence.

Whatever…my blood pressure rises when I ask someone a question and they answer with a non-answer. Just answer the question, please!

Jesus endured such stuff.

Here’s an example from John 5:

When Jesus saw him lying there and realized he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the disabled man answered, “I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me.”

It’s comes across as an excuse. “Ain’t my fault, gots no one to take me down to the pool.” Yet the disabled man addresses Jesus as “Sir,” so he perceives this is not just some random dude.

But why does he not shout, “YES! I want to get well!”

I don’t know.

I just wish he’d answer the question.

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

2 thoughts on “Answer the Question!”

  1. Did you watch the episode of The Chosen with this story? It was really good. But I agree with you…just answer the question. 😉

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