NO MORE QUESTION THURSDAY

MATTHEW 17

Jesus clearly is the master of the popular “Socratic Method of teaching.” Using questions to discover knowledge, understanding, and most importantly wisdom.

In every encounter with deceptive questioners, the master teacher places the accountability and the responsibility back to the questioner.

When Pilate said, “Are you King of the Jews?” Jesus asked back. “WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?”

When a woman caught in sin is asked if she should be stoned he asked “who of you without sin cast the first stone?”

In Chapter 17 the former tax collector recounts a scene between the super religious leaders (sort of like our highest level political leaders of today).

Can you imagine a moderator asking the question Jesus asks the leaders of His day?

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CHRIST? WHOSE SON IS HE?

This one question was so challenging; Matthew tells us the critics asked no more questions.

The “Who is the Christ” question is as relevant today as it was when He carried His cross to Golgotha 2000 years ago.

Three days ago, Dale, a giant of a man, stopped by the NBC office. Last time I saw Dale his life was shattered. 45 years of marriage, gone. Sadness racked his heart. The second I saw his eyes it was evident He had found the answer to this powerful question that when answered correctly transforms lives.

What do you think about the Christ?

Only the questioner can answer this question. As for me Jesus is the Christ the Messiah. The Alpha and Omega. The image of the invisible God, Lord, and Savior.

He alone has been, and always will be, the only one who brings me hope, courage, joy, and peace during the darkest days of my life. Especially when the dirty, cruel Mister cancer tries to rob me of all that is good.

Today it is possible to win the day through Christ who strengthen me.

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