Years ago I became fascinated with the questions of Jesus.
It occurred to me that if Jesus was asking a question it must be an important one.
In fact, depending on our response, they could be life-changing questions.
I realize that in the culture in which Jesus lived asking questions was a method of learning, but Jesus always knew the answers. He didn’t need to ask them. He IS the answer. What does He need to know?
His questions were to cause His listeners to think. And, they do.
Consider some of these 7 questions of Jesus.
“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Matthew 9:28)
“Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26)
“What do you think about the Christ?” (Matthew 22:42)
“Do you love me?” (John 21:17)
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’, and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46)
“What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41)
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)
To which of these do you most need to consider your answer?
I only read one statement of Jesus, but I couldn’t go any further in my reading.
It was a statement I had read hundreds of times before, but this time it hit me differently. Deeper. More impacting.
I love when that happens.
I realized I often take a statement like that from Jesus for granted.
Jesus — the Son of God — said something. Something so profound, so life-giving, and yet it has become so familiar to me that I almost gloss over it when I read.
This time I stopped.
I stopped and thought about the many other truths Jesus shared — often in a single sentence — which are life-changing.
Perhaps some of these will be meaningful to you.
Read through the list — memorize a few of them (you probably already have many of them.) But, don’t read them as familiar quotes that are usually written in red. Let them soak deep into your heart and mind. Let them add life to you. Be better with truth.
25 life-giving statements Jesus made:
“Take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37)
“Go and learn what this means ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice'” (Matthew 9:13)
“Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:2)
“Ask and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7)
“If the Son has set you free you are free indeed” (John 8:36)
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30)
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
“You are the light of the world” (Matthew 6:14)
“Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)
“The greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11)
“Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27)
“I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:7)
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
“If you love me you will obey what I command” (John 14:15)
“Your give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37)
“A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit” (Matthew 7:18)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you” (Acts 1:8)
“This people honors me with their lips but their heart is far from me.” (Mark 7:6)
“You will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8)
“Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink…” (Matthew 6:25)
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do to them” (Matthew 7:12)
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
“This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:29)
“It is finished.” (John 19:30)
I realize some of these can be misunderstood if out of context, so feel free to read the context of each of them. But, the fact is these are things Jesus said.
The Son of God — who is God — said them. Spoke them. Revealed truth to us.
And, every word He said has life-changing value.
I wonder, if we really understood the magnitude of these words of Jesus and believed them — if they would change the way we lived our life? The confidence we have? The assurance in which we find hope?
Which of these do you most need to apply to your life today?
Even Jesus was tempted. What makes us think we won’t be?
Of course the enemy tries to tempt a believer. His single goal is to distract us from a total devotion to Christ. Temptation is the major tool in his arsenal.
And, in my experience, there are times we are more easily tempted.
When temptation has an easier way –
When you’re tired
When you’re alone
When you’re sick
When your spiritual life is dry
When peer pressure is strong
Are any of distractions causing you to fall into temptation?
Granted, we can’t avoid some of these times — some we can — but there will be times when we are alone, times when we are tired, times we get sick, etc. The key isn’t to avoid those times as much as we aware of the increase in temptations during them.
For example, when we are alone — and know we will be tempted — is a good time to practice the discipline of prayer or Bible study.
It’s easier to avoid temptation — and God promises the strength to do so — when we are aware of the root causes.