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Topic: QUESTION (S) (05/30/19)
- TITLE: What is Your Answer?
By Marlene Custer
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“Will you marry me?” A breathless “Yes” to that question set the course for my life. Children came, jobs were worked, a business was established, opportunities opened up halfway around the world—each situation came with its own set of questions and answers.
When I think of important questions I think of Jesus and the questions He asked while on earth. Whether He was calming a ferocious storm or healing a blind man or challenging men to follow Him, He often taught by asking questions. “Why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26 NIV) “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Matthew 9:28 NIV) “What can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 NIV)
I think the most important question posed by Jesus was a time when He was in conversation with his disciples. It was towards the end of His ministry. The incident is recorded in Matthew 16: 13-17 NIV. I can imagine Jesus gathering his disciples together to debrief the events of the day. Perhaps they were sitting together on a grassy hillside, a cool breeze blowing, away from crowds. They may have been bantering back and forth when Jesus asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
Somewhat startled, they stop and focus on Jesus. “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah...Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
Then He came back with a question that each of us must answer at some point. With piercing eyes, He looked at each and asked, “Who do you say I am?”
Is Jesus of Nazareth more than a good man, or a great teacher? Or is He who He said He is—the only way to the Father? When Jesus confronts me with the question, “Who do YOU say I am?” I want my answer to be loud and clear. I want to stand with Peter and declare, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” Falling on my knees I would add, “You are my Lord and my Savior!”
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