If Jesus is the Answer, What is the Question?

Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. [Matthew 20:32 (NIV)]

It appears that Jesus asked anywhere from one hundred to over three hundred questions in the Gospels, the number varying because of the many different Bible translations. Let it suffice to say that Jesus asked a lot of questions and didn’t give those many answers. He certainly didn’t ask questions because he needed an answer. Since He was God, he knew all the answers! He asked questions because he wanted us to know the answers.

Those questions were not just for the disciples or the people of Galilee and Judea; those questions are for us today. They are as relevant in the 21st Century as they were 2,000 years ago. Whenever we come upon one of His questions in the Gospels, we need pause to consider our own personal answer before reading the rest of the passage. What do we want Jesus to do for us? What are our concerns and why are we filled with doubt? How much faith do we have?

He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?” [Luke 24:38 (NIV)]

“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. [Luke 8:25 (NIV)]