“Why, Gran…? But why, Gran…? Gran, why…? You fill in the missing parts of the questions. (Aren’t three-year olds fun?) It’s hard to know what questions need to be answered and what questions are just ways to keep a conversation going. After my grandchild went home, I pulled out my Bible and began to consider questions that Jesus asked. He asked more than you realize. I tend to focus on the statements that Jesus made, and not His questions. Jesus’ statements include His parables, teachings and promises. These build our faith. Jesus asked over seventy questions, depending on which translation or paraphrase of the Bible you read. His questions were often check points about the people’s faith. It occurred to me that Jesus NEVER asked questions because HE wanted to know something. He asked questions because He wanted PEOPLE to know something. He was the Master Teacher, and as such He knew that when students (disciples) figure out something for themselves, the lesson sticks with them.
I picked thirty-one references for the July spiritual guide. Look at the
questions and the answers given, then ask yourself what answers you would give now if Jesus asked YOU the same questions. Take for example, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked this as a follow-up question after He asked, “Who do the people say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13-16). Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” That was a turning point for Peter. If Peter believed the answer he gave, his life was never going to be the same. What is your answer to that question? Who do YOU say that Jesus is? If you answer that Jesus is Lord, does your life reflect that? Does He rule every part of your life? I invite you to wrestle with Jesus’ questions (on the prayer table in the narthex and on the church’s website). Allow your faith to be tested and to grow. Blessings,
Bobbie Denny, spiritual lay leader