It puzzles me when people play adventure video games by looking up the answers and cheats online, instead of figuring them out. If someone tells them the answer, they can’t enjoy the experience of discovering it.
Bear that concept in mind and consider this: At His trial, Jesus’ accusers said,
“If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, (Luke 22:67)
When Jesus said “If I tell you you will not believe,” perhaps He was not accusing them but helping them. Coming to faith in Jesus is not simply hearing about Him from someone telling us. Believing is something we do. Believing is more than merely knowing the right answers. It cannot be done to us or for us; it is a personal adjustment. And without that personal change, the life-giving relationship with Jesus is impossible. Perhaps ,Jesus could have told them the answer but did not, in order to give them the opportunity to come to a personal belief in that answer.
He said to Peter, “You are blessed because you didn’t hear this from someone else but received it from the Holy Spirit.” The process of leading people to faith must leave room for them to discover the truth in a personal way and believe without being spoon-fed all the answers.
Mark 4:20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, HEAR THE WORD, RECEIVE IT, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”