Tuesday: May 5th, 2020
John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
Whether it is Blood test results, literary terms, make-up range, engine capacity, hand-over notes or medication regimen, nearly every profession has jargons unique to it. Hence, anyone intending to speak the same language has to either belong to the profession or have made a conscious effort to learn the language. That is the way to to understand plainly what is being communicated.
In a way, you can sense the frustration in the voice of the Jews for to them, Jesus was keeping them in a state of doubt and suspense. On the other hand, Jesus also said He had presented to them the clearest account of who He was, yet they did not believe. So we wonder, ‘what seemed to be the cause of this discord therefore?’
We have a clue when we take a look closer look at the contents of their petition, ‘if you are the Christ, tell us ‘PLAINLY’. To put that in context, to them, Jesus’ style of communication was nowhere near one they clearly understood. Therefore, they were actually saying: ‘If you are the Christ, say so plainly- communicate it to us in a language that we will understand’.
Recall the statement about belonging to the profession or learning their language? This is where that becomes practical. There were moments when the Apostles also did not seem to understand Jesus, but there came a time when it became evident that they had been with Him. They had learnt to speak His language – to understand His words clearly.
Sweetheart, the language of children improves as they age, their vocabulary expands and they may even pick up foreign languages. Likewise, so must we mature in our comprehension of language, particularly the language of Christ.