The Smartest One in the Room
Who would you say is the smartest person who ever lived? Albert Einstein? King Solomon? A philosophy professor I had in college told me the smartest person he had ever met was my mother. They were classmates in college. He made that confession right after he introduced me to her. He hadn’t seen her since they left school. I guess he hadn’t noticed the resemblance in our abilities. Someone who doesn’t often get mentioned in the list of the smartest people who ever lived is Jesus.
Just how smart is Jesus? I’ve been having a friendly debate on that subject. My friend argues that Jesus was the smartest person who ever lived. I am skeptical. The human Jesus didn’t have to be the best at everything to accomplish his work. Would Jesus have to be the strongest man that ever lived or have the best eye sight? Like any good debate, it got me thinking. I’d never thought of how intelligent Jesus is, but I’ve come to the conclusion he is a lot smarter than I gave him credit for.
Consider the story of Jesus in the temple from the gospel of Luke. Jesus is impressive. Their culture valued knowledge and understanding of the Scripture above anything else. Jesus was able to impress the best minds of his day when he was only 12.
I’m not sure how the two natures of Christ affected his human intelligence, but there is a phrase in Colossians 2:2-3 that suggests they do. “…to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Maybe my friend is right.
In college on my daily commutes, I used to listen to a radio show called “Ask Dr. Science.” It had the tag line, “He knows more than you do.” One thing I am sure of Jesus knows more than I do. More importantly, Jesus understands what he knows and is able to use it. Maybe that does make Jesus the smartest person who ever lived. I find that tremendously encouraging.
One of my favorite sayings is, “If you’re the smartest one in the room, you are in the wrong room.” The cross settled the question of how much Jesus loves us. We know he wants what is best for us. The intelligence and wisdom of Jesus should give us confidence that he knows what is best for us and we can trust what he says. Turning control of your life over to someone is much easier if they love you and know more than you do.
In the words of Jesus, The Bible, we can find the wisdom we need. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16. You can trust Jesus. He knows more than you do.
– Pastor Steve