Questioning Jesus

Throughout Jesus’ ministry, people ask Him questions. His answers always cause people to think more deeply regarding their spiritual condition. By pondering the same questions they ask Him, we can gain spiritual insight.

Some questions are asked by religious and secular rulers who seek to ensnare Him with His answers (Mt. 19:3):

<> Are you the Christ (Lk. 22:67)?
<> Are you a king (Jn. 18:37)?
<> Who gave you this authority (Lk. 20:2)?
<> Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders (Mt. 15:2)?
<> Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason (Mt. 19:3)?
<> Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not (Mk. 12:14)? 

Other questions are asked by everyday people:

<> How is it that you, a Jew, asks a drink from me, a Samaritan (Jn. 4:9)?
<> Are you greater than our father Jacob (Jn. 4:12)?
<> Why do the Pharisees fast more often than your disciples (Mt. 9:14)?
<> What shall I do to inherit eternal life (Lk. 10:25 & 18:18)?
<> What lack I yet (Mt. 19:20)?
<> Are you the Messiah or should we look for another (Mt. 11:3)?

But most of the questions Jesus answers are asked by His disciples, seeking to comprehend His teachings:

<> Why do you speak to the people in parables (Mt. 13:10)?
<> When will you restore the kingdom of Israel (Acts 1:6)?
<> Lord, where are you going (Jn. 13:36)?
<> Lord, why can I not follow you now (Jn. 13:37)?
<> Why could we not cast out the demons (Mt. 17:19)?
<> Master, do you not care that we are perishing (Mk. 4:38)?
<> Who then can be saved (Mk. 10:26)?
<> We have forsaken all and followed thee; what shall we receive (Mt. 19:27)?
<> Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt. 18:1)?

By meditating on questions such as these, we put ourselves in the position to better comprehend Jesus’ response. He always graciously answers inquiries that come from a humble heart. When you pray, feel free to ask. You will be blessed by His answers.

Maxim of the Moment

Raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed. - Mia Hamm