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When Jesus Asks a Question

April 1, 2019

They [the disciples] set out, and as they sailed he [Jesus] fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. Luke 8:22-24

Most of us have at least one question that we feel we would like to ask God. As a matter of fact, the Gospels are full of questions that various people have asked Jesus about: What must I do to have eternal life? How can a man be born again? Who is my neighbor? What is the greatest commandment?

But as you read through the Gospels, you will notice that Jesus also asks some questions. Let’s focus our attention on a question that Christ has for us today.

This is one of the best-known stories in the Gospels. The disciples are rowing their boat across the lake when a storm blows up. Jesus has fallen asleep in the back of the boat, and when the storm hits, the disciples panic.

Jesus wakes up and rebukes the wind and the waters. He stills the storm. And then he asks the disciples a question: “Where is your faith?” (8:25).

When Jesus asks a question, it is not because he doesn’t know the answer. When Jesus asks a question, he is reaching out to build a relationship.

We use questions in many different ways, but Jesus uses them to build a relationship. Consider for a moment that the Son of God wants to build, deepen, or establish a relationship with you.


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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