Here’s a great list to ponder over.

Roy Zuck wrote a book called Teaching as Jesus Taught and identified fifteen reasons that Jesus asked questions. Here is his list for your consideration:

  1. To cause someone to recall facts
  2. To promote conversation
  3. To point out something that isn’t true
  4. To get agreement
  5. To push for an expression of faith
  6. To prod for an opinion
  7. To prove faith and commitment
  8. To promote reflection and thinking
  9. To persuade critics of error
  10. To pull people up
  11. To pour out emotions
  12. To reveal motives
  13. To prick the conscience
  14. To pinpoint a topic
  15. To press for the application of the truth

via Why would Jesus ask a question? | Burns Church of Christ.

A question isn’t always a mere question; they can also be used for evil, as did Jesus’ enemies. And they have many uses for good, as this list shows. We use questions without thinking, as a part of our dialogues. Perhaps more awareness might help us make better use of them.

Another whole area of study is how questions are used in other cultures and in what settings, and what they mean, which may be different than what they might mean to an American. (Or a non-American.)

“Then astonishment seized them all, and they glorified God. They were filled with awe, saying, ‘We have seen incredible things today.’”
Luke 5:26 NET

When Jesus forgave the sins of the paralitic man, he was criticized. But when the crowd saw Jesus cure the man, and the man walking and carrying his stretcher, the witnesses glorified God and exclaimed that they had seen something extraordinary.

Afterwards, Jesus calls Levi to follow him, and criticisms rain down on him again, No praises.

The verse above concludes the passage about the paralytic, but do you reckon that Luke isn’t wishing that the reader would make a similar exclamation about Levi’s calling?

For what is more incredible: forgiving sins, reclaiming a soul, inspiring a fat cat to leave his riches in order to follow the Lord, or restoring a man’s body? Is it not the former?

Today, things haven’t changed much. We are impressed with the material, while the spiritual passes unnoticed. Or criticized.

What impresses you?

“Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized.” Luke 3:21a NET

At first glance, one might think, from Luke’s words above, that the Lord Jesus just went along with the crowd, since everyone else was being baptized. But Luke is merely recording a fact, not registering a motivation.

In fact, Christ does what everyone else does, but with a significant difference. While they, supposedly, sought John’s baptism for repentance and forgiveness of sins, our sinless Lord requested baptism because his Father had commanded it. Though he personally did not need it, he wanted to do right in every way. Continue reading

Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
Hebrews 7:22 NET

Aren’t all religions equal? And, some would ask, equally useless?

Those who think so believe that religion is nothing more than a human creation. And, in every case but one, they are right.

When God creates a religion, or, better, a system of faith, when he reveals truths that make up an entirety, when he fixes what man messed up through his sin, one does not have just any religion, but the means through which man must learn to relate to God. Continue reading