Why All The Questions?

Nick MartineauBlog

With all the noise and distractions in our world, at Hope we have been trying to focus on Jesus. We have been trying to intentionally study Jesus’s heart for people and how He lived out His mission.

As I’ve been spending extra time looking at Jesus, I’ve come to notice that Jesus asked great questions, and He asked a lot of them!

I don’t know about you, but when I ask a lot of questions, it’s because I don’t know the answers. That was never true of Jesus. He knew all of the answers, and yet He spent so much of His time with people asking them questions. Why do you think that is?

In the four Gospels, we see that Jesus asked more than three hundred questions. We also see that he was asked more than 180 questions but chose to only answer a few of those. I wonder, why didn’t Jesus just give people the answers? What does it say about Jesus and His desire for us that He asked so many questions yet answered so few?

In Martin Coperhaven’s intriguing book titled Jesus is the Question, he says:

Asking questions was central to Jesus’ life and teachings. In fact, for every question he answers directly he asks–literally–a hundred. Jesus is the Question considers the questions Jesus asks –what they tell us about Jesus and, more important, what our responses might say about what it means to follow Him. Through Jesus’ questions, he modeled the struggle, the wondering, the thinking it through that helps us draw closer to God and better understand, not just the answer, but ourselves, our process and ultimately why questions are among Jesus’ most profound gifts for a life of faith.

In today’s culture we are so quick to react, to share an opinion, and to try to provide answers. Do you think we can learn from Jesus’ ability to ask questions and help people dig deep within themselves as they try to find answers?

Would you be willing to take some time to ponder just a few of the questions that Jesus asks?

“Why are you so afraid?” (Matt 8:26)

“Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6)

“Why did you doubt?” (Matt 14:31)

“Who do you say I am?” (Matt 16:15)

Do you now believe?” (John 16:31)

“….do you love me?” (John 21:16)

Peace,
Nick