When the disciples of Jesus asked him a question, he always responded in a way that was both insightful and thought-provoking. Jesus had a unique way of teaching that left a lasting impact on those who listened to him. Let’s take a look at some examples of his responses to the disciples.
Jesus’ Response to Peter’s Question About Forgiveness
One of the most famous responses by Jesus was when Peter asked him how many times he should forgive someone who sins against him. Jesus responded by saying, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:22). This response was not only surprising but also highlighted the importance of forgiveness and showing mercy instead of seeking revenge.
Jesus’ Response to Thomas’ Doubt
Thomas is famously known as the disciple who doubted that Jesus had risen from the dead. When Thomas finally saw Jesus and believed, Jesus responded with powerful words: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). This response not only affirmed Thomas’ belief but also encouraged others to believe without physical proof.
Jesus’ Response to James and John’s Request
James and John were two brothers who asked Jesus if they could sit next to him in heaven. Jesus responded by saying, “You don’t know what you are asking.
Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” (Mark 10:38). This response challenged James and John’s motives and reminded them that following Jesus meant sacrifice and suffering.
Jesus’ Response to Judas’ Betrayal
Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus by revealing his location to the authorities for thirty pieces of silver. When Judas approached him with a kiss, Jesus responded with grace: “Friend, do what you came to do” (Matthew 26:50). This response not only showed Jesus’ love for Judas but also demonstrated his willingness to fulfill God’s plan.
Jesus’ Response to Mary and Martha’s Grief
When Jesus arrived after Lazarus had died, Mary and Martha were grieving. Jesus responded by weeping with them: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). This response showed Jesus’ empathy and compassion for those who were hurting.
In each of these examples, Jesus responded with wisdom, grace, and love. His responses continue to inspire and challenge us today as we seek to follow him. As we read through the Gospels, let us pay attention to Jesus’ responses and allow them to transform our lives.