Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | March 18, 2020

The Great Questioner

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Which do you like more, to answer questions or to ask questions?

During His life on earth, Jesus asked far more questions than He answered. The Gospels record Jesus asking over 300 questions.

Moreover, Jesus rarely answered questions directly. He was asked almost 200 questions, but most of the time He did not give a direct answer. Instead He usually answered questions with other questions.

??? Questions ???

Most of the questions that Jesus asked are quite thought-provoking even today. They are still worth pondering. Here is a sample of the 300+ questions Jesus asked:

  1. Who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:27)
  2. Why are you worried about clothing? (Matthew 6:28)
  3. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3)
  4. Why are you afraid, you men of little faith? (Matthew 8:26)
  5. Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? (Matthew 9:4)
  6. Which is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up, and walk”? (Matthew 9:5)
  7. You of little faith, why did you doubt? (Matthew 14:31)
  8. Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? (Matthew 15:3)
  9. What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? (Matthew 16:26)
  10. How will you escape the sentence of hell? (Matthew 23:33)
  11. Do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? (Matthew 26:53)
  12. How is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt? (Mark 9:12)
  13. What did Moses command you? (Mark 10:3)
  14. Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)
  15. Where is your faith? (Luke 8:25)
  16. What is written in the law? How does it read to you? (Luke 10:26)
  17. Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory? (Luke 24:26)
  18. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God? (John 5:44)
  19. If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words? (John 5:46-47)
  20. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? (John 8:46)
The Most Important Question

I did not list in the sample above what I believe to be the most important question that Jesus asked. Of the over 300 questions Jesus asked in the Gospels, which would you pick as His most important question?

In my opinion, here is the most important question of all those that Jesus asked:
Who do you say that I am? (Matthew 16:15)

Why is this question the most important of the so many questions that Jesus asked?

Peter’s answer to the question provides a clue:
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16)

Jesus clarifies the significance of this answer in the Gospel of John:
“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
(John 8:24)

Unless we believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ — the saving mediator between God and man, we will die in our sins and go to hell. This is why Jesus’ question, Who do you say that I am? is so important.

My answer to Jesus’ question is the same as Peter’s answer: Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the only way to God the Father, as Jesus Himself proclaimed (John 14:6). Along with the Apostle Thomas, I myself declare of Jesus, “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:28)

Your Question

Readers, who do you say that Jesus is?

Was He only a great teacher? Or a clever magician? Or a crazy man? Or a liar?

Or is Jesus the Lord of all?

Questions to Ponder

1. Why did Jesus answer questions with questions?
2. What logical argument could you make to refute claims that Jesus was only a great moral teacher, or that He was crazy, or a liar?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday March 18, 2020 A.D.

Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory? (Luke 24:26)

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