One of Jesus’ favorite teaching tools was to ask pointed questions of His listeners. Some of His greatest lessons are still “brought home” simply because He asks us to think deeply about truth. The Lord’s questions can cut quickly to the heart of a matter, and they are surely worthy of our study. Think upon these things:
“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk?’” (Mk 2:9). Jesus had the power on earth to forgive sins, but many doubted Him. The Lord performed miracles to validate His claim that He was the Messiah. When the paralytic immediately arose, the people knew they were in the presence of Deity. Who could doubt that He had spiritual power as well?
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt 14:31). Questions can sometimes be embarrassing — especially when they carry a tone of mild rebuke. Peter literally walked on water, but as so many Christians do today, he took his eyes off the Lord and focused on the tempestuous sea around him. Distractions can be disastrous to our souls!
“Who do you say that I am?” (Matt 16:15). The answer to this question makes all the difference in the world. When Jesus asked it of His disciples, He was probing their spiritual understanding. Unfortunately, many today do not think as deeply as Peter. Some think Jesus a mere prophet, or a nice, but misguided man. Truth is, based on what He said, Jesus is either Lord, liar or a lunatic. There are no other options!
“What will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mk 8:37). A soul is the most precious thing in the world because a soul is the only thing in this world that will last for eternity! Jesus, the Man of proper values, understood this principle and prompted His followers to consider it as well. Through the ages men have sold their souls for the cheap thrill of the “here and now.” How foolish and tragic!
– John Baker, Katy, Texas