“Now it happened that as He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him. And He asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’”Luke 9:18
The best teachers always ask the right questions. My father-in-law’s philosophy of teaching is that you shouldn’t tell an adult Bible class anything that you can lead them to discover for themselves by asking questions.
Jesus, the ultimate Teacher, asked many questions during His ministry on Earth. When the Pharisees would try to trick Him with a “spiritual” question, He would usually answer them with a question.
Jesus’ disciples often didn’t answer His questions correctly, because they didn’t have much spiritual understanding while He was with them. Their ability to understand spiritual matters increased dramatically after the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost.
When Jesus asked His disciples in Mark 8:29, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter nailed it when he declared, “You are the Christ.” And in Matthew’s account of this exchange, Jesus commends Peter by saying, “…flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 16:17).
Does God still reveal things to us today? We don’t have Jesus in front of us asking direct questions as He did with His disciples. We do have His Word and the Holy Spirit as His agents to teach us what we need for our lives, for each day and each challenge we encounter.
Go back and read Luke 9:18. What was Jesus doing? Praying alone. The disciples were with Him, but they weren’t praying with Him. Jesus was spending time with His Father in prayer. Time spent in prayer with His Father was critical to His effectiveness in completing His assignment on earth. He was aware of the extreme suffering and cruel death He would face. His disciples had not learned the importance of spending time alone in prayer with God in order to face the difficulties of this life.
During the course of Jesus’ time on earth, He always knew who He was, the Christ, the Son of the living God. He knew what God’s plan was for Him—to live life in complete dependence on His Father, to suffer cruel punishment, and die on the cross to pay the price for our sin. We may also know who we are in Christ and what His plan is for us to prepare us for what we may have to endure in this life. Jesus said, “…just as the Father has sent me, I also send you” (John 20:21b).
This week take time to read Romans 5. Two words are repeated together in this chapter several times. What are the two words? How many times are they repeated? Read the chapter and count them. Underline them in your Bible. What is God showing you through this chapter?
Questions for Thought
- What did Jesus’ death provide for us? Hint: “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son…” (Romans 5:10a).
- What did Jesus’ resurrection provide for us? Hint: “…much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10b).
Jim is passionate about working with Boomers and Seniors because they are the best! He is encouraged by their energy and hearts for the Lord and reaching others for Christ. When Jim isn’t working he enjoys being with his family—preferably at the beach! He also enjoys musical theatre and symphony. Jim and his wife, Nan, have been married for over 35 years and have four adult children.