Pastor Jim's Message

Jim

Pastor Jim's Message

I have been amazed by how masterfully our Lord uses questions to teach vital spiritual truths.  Jesus never asked a question because He needed to know the answer.  He used questions the way a surgeon uses a scalpel to delicately cut into a new level of understanding.

 

Below I have begun my list of questions that Jesus asked.  I find myself amazed at the power of these questions to cut into my soul.  I’d love to hear which question most jumps off the page and leaves you pondering as you read them today. These questions from Jesus come from but four chapters of Matthew’s Gospel; I assure you Jesus asked many more.

 

If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? (Matthew 5:46)

If you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? (Matthew 5:47)

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:27)

Why do you worry about clothes? (Matthew 6:28)

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3)

Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? (Matthew 7:16)

Why are you so afraid? (Matthew 8:26)

Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? (Matthew 9:4)

Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? (Matthew 9:5)

How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? (Matthew 9:15)

 

The reason I started to compile this list is because Pastor Linda, in preparing for Lenten Breakfasts, suggested that our topic be the “Questions Jesus Asked.” This is going to be a fabulous Lenten series! During the Wednesdays of Lent, beginning the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday (which is 2/26), we will gather for a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the conference room and then head to the sanctuary for worship at 8:30 a.m.

 

One of the big mistakes people make in reading Scripture is that they read it as a spectator. For these individuals, Scripture is a collection of stories and events that took place thousands of years ago. True enough, we are reading historical accounts.

 

Truth be told, however, these ancient stories are our stories. We are in the narrative. In so many ways we are much like Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Deborah, Jeremiah, Ruth, Peter and Paul, to name a few. As the narrative we read unfolds, we are in the story, we can relate to the similar human conditions that we all face. For what Peter and Mary Magdalene and others in Scripture did, we do. Peter denied and ran. So have we. Mary Magdalene loved and never gave up. So should we. Mary Magdalene had a sinful past and a promising future. So do we. Peter was passionate and had a temper. So do we. But Peter also loved the Lord and ultimately gave his life for the Lord. So can we.  The Scriptures are our own story. We are in it. To read Scripture as a mere spectator looking on is to miss the key point. Scripture is our story.

 

In light of this, there emerges another very important and powerful key to unlocking the text. The key is simply this: Answer the Question! Among the many things Jesus did, He asked a lot of questions! And whenever you read the Gospels and Jesus asks a question, answer it! Do not wait to see what Peter or Mary or the Pharisees or the crowd say for an answer. You answer the question, in your own words. This brings Scripture powerfully alive.

 

--Jim

 

Last Published: February 21, 2020 12:12 PM
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