Questions Jesus Asked # 71

Mark 9:21 – Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

     “From childhood,” he answered. NIV

Jesus is still dealing with the father of the demon possessed boy. It is not a question that Jesus would usually ask before healing someone. It is an assessment question that might be asked to determine if this is a recent situation or if this activity had been going on for some time. It is unclear if Jesus asked the question for His own benefit or for the benefit of the disciples and by-standers. It did show that this demon possession of the boy had been happening since he was a young child and that the father was desperate for his son to receive healing. Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #70

Mark 9:16   – (related to Question #28 – Matthew 17:14-18) –  “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. NIV

As Jesus, Peter, James, and John get near the bottom of the mountain where the transfiguration occurred, they see a large crowd around the rest of the disciples arguing with some teachers of the laws. Jesus asks, “What are you arguing with them about?”

It turns out that they are arguing with the teachers of the law about not being able to heal a man’s son that was demon possessed. Who knows what they were saying to each other. They were probably telling each other why they had failed and that their way was a better way to deal with the situation. Whatever their argument with each other, the boy remained unhealed.  The boy’s father came up to Jesus and explained the situation. Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #69

Mark 9:11-13 – And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

      12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”  NIV

Jesus, Peter, James, and John are walking down from the mountain top where Jesus has been transfigured, and Moses and Elijah have appeared before their eyes. The disciples are still trying to comprehend what they have just seen and heard, and Jesus tells them not to say a word about this whole experience until He has risen from the dead. That comment leads them into a whole new line of thought about what it means “to rise from the dead.”  Evidently, one of them remembers what the teachers of the law had said would happen before the Messiah came: that Elijah would return. They were quoting from the last verse in the Old Testament: “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.” (Malachi 4:5 – NIV) Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked Question #68

Mark 8:22-23 – They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” NIV

To me this is one of the most curious miracles that Jesus performed! He had performed so many miracles simply by speaking a word or touching someone, and here he spits and rubs it in the guy’s eyes, and it wasn’t because He disliked the guy. He healed the guy. God doesn’t always act the way we think He should. In fact, sometimes blessings come from things we at first see as problems. We need to keep trying to see how God is working in the midst of situations.

It is also interesting that this was a “two-step” miracle.  I don’t recall any others. After Jesus had rubbed spit in the man’s eyes, He asked, “Do you see anything?”  From his answer, the blind man said that he could see but not clearly. Jesus put his hands on his eyes again, and this time, he could see perfectly. I have often wondered what this was all about.  Why didn’t Jesus get it right the first time? Perhaps he wanted some acknowledgement before he finished the miracle?  Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #67

Mark 8:11-13 –  The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. 12 He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it.”  13 Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side. NIV

By now Jesus’ ministry was in full swing. He had healed many people, raised a person from the dead, and performed many other miracles. Just before these Pharisees came to Jesus asking for a sign, He had fed 4,000 men plus women and children using seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. After every one was done eating, His disciples gathered seven baskets of leftovers!

Now these guys wanted a “sign!”  We are not told what “sign” would convince them that He was the Messiah. Evidently, they had something in mind. Jesus refused to play their game. All the signs were there, but they refused to see or even investigate them. As Ray Stevens wrote in Everything Is Beautiful: “There is none so blind as he who will not see.” Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked Question #66

Mark 5:39-40 – He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”  40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. NIV

Jesus and His disciples are leaving the woman who was healed when she touched Jesus’ robe and moving on to Jairus the synagogue ruler’s house when some men come and tell Jairus that his daughter has already died and suggest that he not bother Jesus any further.  Jesus ignored the reports and told Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

From there Jesus takes only Peter, James, and John and proceeds to Jairus’ house where he finds the customary crowd of mourners lamenting the girl’s death. It is then that He asks the question and makes an astounding statement that turned their mourning into laughter because they didn’t believe the words He was speaking. Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #65

Mark 5:30-31  (see Luke 8:45) – At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

            31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?'” NIV

After being asked to leave by the gentiles whose pigs had died after the evil spirits entered them, Jesus travels by boat to a town that has a synagogue, possibly Capernaum which was His base of operations in Galilee. Upon arriving, the crowds welcome Him. Among the crowd is the synagogue ruler named Jairus whose daughter is dying. He pleads with Jesus to come and heal her, and Jesus goes with Him. It is during His journey to Jairus’ house surrounded by a curious crowd that Jesus asks this question. Continue reading