Whether you realize it or not, your entire day is filled with questions.
Some of life’s questions are big. (Will you marry me?) Some of them are small. (Would you like fries with that?) Some of them are sincere. (Why are you doing this?) Some of them are insincere. (How are you today?) Some of them are important. (Do you love me?) Some of them are less important. (Can we get ice cream?)
No matter what category they may fall into, though, questions are an ever-present and important part of life.
There are certain questions that people hesitate to ask because they feel that such questions are stupid. As my high school gym teacher taught us,
“There are no stupid questions. Just stupid people.”
Nevertheless, even the “stupid” questions need to be asked from time to time. That is because questions drive us to find answers, to search for the truth, and to examine life itself.
If you have ever spent time with a 3-5 year old child you know just how overwhelming their barage of questions can be. (Why is the sky blue? Why is daddy so hairy? Why are boogers brown? When can I have a snack? Where do babies come from? Why do I have to go to bed?) But, let’s face, children learn by asking quetsions. In fact, most adults do too. The French philosopher, Voltaire, thought so highly of human inquiry, that he once advised, “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”
As you comb through the gospels, you find lots of questions. The Pharisees and Saducees were constantly trying to trip-up Jesus with their inquisitive traps and legal maneuvers. Despite their best efforts, however, Jesus knew how to answer every question. Better yet, He knew how to ask questions too.
Jesus had a tremendous ability to ask probing questions. The red letters of Scripture are filled with His razor sharp inquiries that expose the deepest thoughts and truest motives of any heart.
With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of many of Jesus’ questions recorded in the gospels. Even without their context, you will likely find the entries below to be both convicting and helpful. Don’t just read this list. Let it unearth the hidden fears, anxieties, priorites, and even sinful parts of your life. Allow Jesus’ FAQ to drive you in faith to G-O-D.
Matthew 6:28, “And why do you worry about clothes?”
Luke 12:24-26, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
Matthew 5:46-48, “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?”
Matthew 16:26, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Mark 9:33-34, “They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.”
John 5:46-47, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
John 21:21-23, “When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
Matthew 7:3-4, “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 8:26, “He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”
Matthew 15:3, Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
Mark 2:8-9, “Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
Mark 4:40, “He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Mark 8:12, “He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign?”
Luke 6:46-47, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
Luke 24:38-39, “He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
(And arguably, one of the most important questions.)
Matthew 16:13-15, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?…But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
The best part of the Christian life, is that Jesus not only asks the questions, He also provides the answers. He untangles life’s knots and solves its problems. In fact, He doesn’t just provide the answer, He IS the answer for you and me.