Although it pains me to admit this, it seems that Christ was not a writer.
Although he quotes scriptures in order to position himself within history, establish his credentials as a teacher, parry attacks, and occasionally radically reinterpret or restore meaning to those texts, he never appears to express any interest in recording (or asking others to record) his ministry and teachings in a written form. He responds to humans’ questions more than he lectures; he is an interpreter rather than a writer. His utter disinterest in controlling his legacy, teachings, and image through a written work becomes, in fact, somewhat astonishing when compared to stories and commandments within The Book of Mormon that highlight the vital importance of record keeping for posterity.
What can we understand from the fact that Christ chose not to write and not to leave us with a text of his thoughts? Perhaps we can conclude that laying out a set of clear beliefs and doctrine was in the end simply not as important to Christ as it was minister to people in a practical way and to organize the people who would eventually record their memories of his life. Since we see Christ quoting scripture in often radical and new ways—thereby modeling for us a manner of reading that both often challenged authority or made authority bend to match new circumstances—rather than solidifying a set of doctrine or an understanding of him through writing, perhaps we are also forced to conclude that Christ was simply not as interested in questions of authority, doctrinal stability, restoration, and understanding of the divine as he was in being responsive to the people around him.
We might say that in opting not to write, he opted not to leave us with words that would become authoritative and timeless; instead, he allowed us (in collaboration with him) to keep reinventing within each generation and person who we need Christ to be. In his refusal to police his image, Christ, then, was at once selfless and utterly successful in ensuring that he’d remain relevant to many generations.
In the end, we don’t know why Christ didn’t write, but perhaps the fact that he decided to spend his time mingling with and serving people rather than codifying a doctrine and marketing his image speaks volumes. He modeled for us what we need to do to in order to be a part of his kingdom, putting aside the apparently less important imperative that we understand his life and theology perfectly.