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June 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Questions We Should Be Asking


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about answering questions that no one is asking. This led me to reflect on the types of questions that we should consider asking. The answer became obvious to me. We should begin by asking the questions that Jesus asked. Jesus asked a lot of questions. He asked questions of his disciples, the Pharisees, those who were seeking. Rarely did Jesus give a straight answer to a question, but would respond with his own: “How do you read?”; “Was John’s baptism from God or man?”; "Whose image is on the coin?” Even when things seemed quite obvious to everyone else, he would still ask questions. “What do you want me to do for you?”, he asked the blind man. The amazing thing about questions is that it keeps the conversation going. We note in the gospels that when the enemies of Jesus were beaten down, “no one dared to ask him any more questions.” They stopped asking questions in order for the conversation to end.

 

This summer we will have a ten-week sermon series (it will actually be over eleven weeks, as I will be away one week—and no, I won’t tell you which one) on “The Questions of Jesus." We will wrestle with the questions that Jesus asked his followers, those who would/could be his followers, and his adversaries. But these are questions that he is asking us as well. “What do you want?” “Which is easier?” “Do you want to be made well?” Answering these questions is vital for having a living and growing relationship with God. And I pray that these questions will continue to resonate in our hearts throughout the week, long after the sermon is over, so that we might continue that conversation with Jesus. For it is in continuing this conversation through prayer and contemplation through the Holy Spirit that we come to know the living God—and as Jesus prayed, “This is eternal life, that [we] may know the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom [He] has sent.”


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