Questions Jesus Asked 7 | Missing Out on the Good Stuff

Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the Bridegroom is with them? (Matt 9:15) | Can the wedding guests fast while the Bridegroom is with them? (Mark 2.19) | Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? (Luke 5:34)  Jesus has been inviting people to follow him. His most recent…

Questions Jesus Asked 6 | What’s REALLY going on in there?

Why are you harboring evil thoughts? (Matt 9:4) | Why are you raising such questions in your heart? (Mark 2:8) | Why are you questioning in your hearts? (Luke 5:22) Already, early in his public ministry, Jesus was becoming increasingly popular. At one point, while inside a home preaching the “good news of the Kingdom” to crowds…

Questions Jesus Asked 5 | Breaking through by Building Common Language

If I tell you about earthly things and you will not believe, how will you believe when I tell you of heavenly things? (John 3: 12) The night wind was sweeping through the narrow street as Jesus spoke with his interlocutor. Perhaps, during the inevitable pauses in the conversation they watched leaves spiraling around the courtyard…

Questions Jesus Asked 4 | Signal to Noise Ratio…

You are a teacher in Israel and you do not understand this? (John 3: 10) It doesn’t seem like Jesus was implying here that being a “teacher in Israel” was a bad thing. Nor do I think that we was trying to rap his night visitor for being a bad teacher. This was not about…

Questions Jesus Asked 3 | Good Wine and Line of Sight

“How does this concern of yours affect me?” (John 2:4) Yes, this question is asked in the context of the first miracle Jesus is recorded as performing, which, at first glance, seemed to be for the purpose of keeping the party going. But that’s not the point. He had a greater purpose: he realized that…

Questions Jesus Asked | 2: In search of…

“What are you looking for?” (John 1:38) Knowing what was in the heart of people (John 2.24), Jesus was not asking because he didn’t know. “What do you want, expect, require… What are you seeking?” Jesus asks of two young men who, after having had Jesus pointed out to them at a distance, had begun…

Questions Jesus Asked – #1: Lost and Found

What does a good coach, a good cross-cultural worker, a good discipler, and a good porch-sitter have in common? They ask good questions. One of the things I’ve learned over time is how important it is to, firstly, just ASK questions. The world isn’t out there waiting for you to show up and tell them…