Questions That Stand on Their Own

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Questions That Stand on Their Own

Throughout the Gospels Jesus asks questions that are so powerful they seem to stand on their own. This weekend I meditated on the question: โ€œWhen the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). My mind began to wander to other questions. I thought about the power of these questions and their context in the Gospels. I thought about how I would answer them. I thought about their power to stand on their own.

A mistake we can make in reading Scripture is that we read it as a spectator. I feel it is beneficial to look at such questions, first in their Biblical context and then to ask each question personally. Each question asked by Jesus invites us to a deeper understanding of Jesus and his message, allowing us to more intently enter the story.

Below you will find some questions that stand on their own. Take some time to ponder these questions. I invite you to struggle and pray with these questions. Try to answer them prayerfully and reflectively. This is not a complete list, but it is a start.

  • Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan? (Matt 6:27)
  • Why did you doubt? (Matt 14:31)
  • Who do you say that I am? (Matt 16:15)
  • What do you want me to do for you? (Matt 20:32)
  • What are you thinking in your hearts? (Luke 5:22)
  • Where is your faith? (Luke 8:25)
  • What are you looking for? (John 1:38)
  • Do you realize what I have done for you? (John 13:12)
  • Do you love me? (John 21:16)

 

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