Questions Jesus Asked #91

Luke 12:4-9  -see Matt.  10:28-33 (missed it)

      “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 8 I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. 9 But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.”  NIV

This rhetorical question about the worth of five sparrows is in the midst of Jesus’ teaching of whose opinion we should value the most. Should we be most concerned with those who can affect us physically right here and right now, or should we be most concerned with the opinion of the One who controls our eternal destiny?

This brings to mind the first four verses of Psalm 14 and Psalm 53 which begin:

      The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  (Psalms 14:1; 53:1 – NIV)

As in Jesus’ day, we live in a time when people question whether or not God cares about His creation and what happens on earth.  Many people even doubt His existence, and conclude if God doesn’t care and may not even exist, why should we be concerned about what He has said or what He thinks?

Jesus’ question about the least of creatures and God’s concern for them is a way of  asserting to His listeners that just as God cares for the lowliest of His creation, He cares for each of us. If God cares for each of us, then He wants the best for each of us, and that best is found in following Jesus (acknowledging Him).  When we acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah sent from heaven to pay the price for our sins (confessing our sins and need for a Savior) and accept Him as the one we want to follow (Lord); then He acknowledges us as part of His forever family (Kingdom).

However, if we live as if God doesn’t exist and if Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection didn’t happen or didn’t matter, we have undervalued our eternal worth and sold ourselves short in eternity.  We didn’t accept the free gift of salvation that Jesus offered to us.

Questions to Consider: When it comes to whose opinion carries most weight in my life, is it other people’s opinions, my opinion, or God’s opinion that matters most?  Are there areas in my life where I act as if God doesn’t exist?  In what ways have I acknowledged Jesus before others?  In what ways have I disowned Him before others?  Are there steps I need to take in order to take better advantage of God’s purpose for me?

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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 #32

Matthew 19:16-17 – Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

   17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”  NIV

This much commented on encounter with Jesus. The accounts by the different Gospel writers are basically the same but with a slight difference in what “good” modifies.  In Matthew’s account in the earliest texts, good does not modify teacher but seems to be translated good thing.  Luke’s Gospel (18:18) and Mark’s Gospel (10:17) seem to have good modifying teacher.  Luke identifies the man as a ruler, and all three mention that he had great wealth. Continue reading