Questions Jesus Asked #72

Mark 9:23-24 – “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

       24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”  NIV

Jesus is still dealing the boy who is demon possessed and his father. The father has just answered Jesus’ previous question as to how long the boy has been this way, and he adds,  “…But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”  (Mark 9:22 – NIV) This remark elicits Jesus’ rhetorical question and following statement.

Jesus was asserting that He certainly could, but seeking to know if the father believed that He could heal his son. The father’s reply is a reply that many followers of Jesus have uttered over the years. In theory we believe that Jesus is capable of anything, but we sometimes doubt if He is able to work in our specific situation. Continue reading

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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

Questions Jesus Asked #63

Mark 4:40 (see also Matt. 8:26  which I missed going through Matthew) – He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” NIV

Jesus and His disciples had been ministering all day at the edge of the Sea of Galilee. As evening came, Jesus suggested that they get into the boat and go to the other side. The disciples got into the boat with Jesus, and He went to the stern and fell asleep on a cushion.  In route to the other side a severe squall comes up and these fishermen turned followers of Jesus realize that they are in danger and Jesus is still sleeping. They wake Him with these words:  “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  (Mark 4:38 – NIV)

Mark records what happened next: “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”  (Mark 4:39 – NIV) Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #62

Mark 4:30 – Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?”  NIV

Here Jesus puts into question form a topic that He often states: “The Kingdom of God (Heaven) is like …” and then proceeds to share a parable that is a simile for the Kingdom of God. Why does He use these parable (earthly stories with a heavenly meaning) to describe the Kingdom of God? I discussed this some in Question #60. Jesus wanted to stir the interest of the crowds without setting Himself up for a charge of blasphemy that would come soon enough. His time had not yet come. Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #52

Matthew 25:37-40 – “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'”

            40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’  NIV

These questions were asked in a prophecy that Jesus told about judgement when the Messiah returns to earth in glory.  The beginning goes like this: Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #20

Matthew 14:29-31 – “Come,” he said.

            Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

            31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  NIV

It had been a great day of ministry for Jesus and His followers.  It didn’t begin well because it started with them learning about the death of John the Baptist at the hands of Herod the tetrarch because of a promise to his dancing step daughter. Jesus got into a boat and went off to a “solitary place,”  but the crowds followed and Jesus ministered and taught them out of compassion. Before He sent them off, He told the disciples to give them something to eat. They produced what they could find from among the crowd…5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus took what they found, blessed it, and began breaking it up for them to distribute to a crowd of 5,000 men, not counting the women and children.  When they were finished, He had them gather the leftovers which consisted of 12 basketfuls! They had more remaining after feeding all those people than when they began! Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #12

Matthew 9:28 –  When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied. NIV

The full context of this question is the following encounter that Jesus had with two blind men after a series of miraculous healings that included raising a little girl from the dead.

Matthew 9:27-31 – As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

   28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

    “Yes, Lord,” they replied.

    29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;  30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”  31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. NIV

Interestingly these two blind men had spiritual insight that many did not. They called Jesus, Son of David, which was a reference to the promised messiah that would come through David’s line. They had faith in Jesus’ power to heal which could have been based on the healings that Jesus had already done or their simple desire to see or both. They were not afraid to ask Jesus for help nor were they afraid to affirm His ability to perform the miracle required to give them sight.  Jesus responded to their faith by granting their request. He asked them not to tell anyone, but they were so excited about receiving sight that they ignored His request and told anyone who would listen about Jesus’ ability to heal. Continue reading