Jesus is always asking questions. We can learn a great deal from examining and asking ourselves these questions. As I look at the “questions of Jesus”, I also notice the questions posed to Jesus by those around him. The disciples, Pharisees, and crowds were constantly questioning Jesus actions and words. The questions Jesus faced in the first century are also the questions we ask Jesus. We want to know, see, and understand what we’re experiencing and feeling. It’s important to us that the world around us makes sense. Everything about Jesus runs contrary to the logic which runs our lives. As a result, questions emerge from deep within our souls. We want to know why. Because if we ask Jesus questions and we see the truth of what he’s saying, everything about how we see the world and our lives has now changed. Asking Jesus questions is integral to a vital faith.
Here are five questions, posed to Jesus in the first two chapters of Mark’s gospel.
1. Mark 1:24 – What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
What does Jesus want with us, our lives, and priorities? Is Jesus going to push us out of our comfort zones?
2. Mark 1:36 – Where have you been? Everyone’s looking for you.
Jesus is never where we think he should be. He’s never in the last place we left him. We like to put Jesus in cute little boxes. When we need him to affirm our preconceptions, we pull him out and use him to our advantage.
3. Mark 2:6 – Why does he speak this way? He’s insulting God.
Remember the old Nickelodeon show, “You Can’t Do That on Television”? Jesus was always doing things people “just don’t do” in polite society. He said things that everyone thought but were to fearful to utter in public. We think we know better than God. We have a better idea about what bothers God than God does. Listen to religious radio or television and you’ll hear people who know they know what offends God. What this question actually says is, “our carefully crafted version of God has been insulted”.
4. Mark 2:18 – Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees fast but yours do not?
Jesus, should we take our religious beliefs to some extreme, as we see others doing? Are we less devoted because we don’t do things everyone else can see and usually call “holy”?
5. Mark 2:24 – Why are they breaking the Sabbath laws?
Why do the dictates of old school, hard core, fire and brimstone religion not matter to your people? Jesus is about people having faith in God. If the religious rules, established by the religious professionals, get in the way of people being fully human, then forget your rules.