Re:Verse reading–Luke 2:39-52  (day three)

“They found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”

Do you know why it’s so hard to bring ourselves to ask honest questions? Because questions reveal to anyone who hears them what we’re interested in and what our limitations are, the exact two things we tend to hide—our frailties and what we really think. But Jesus demonstrates that this is the way human beings grow—and he introduces no alternative. Scripture shows us that Jesus is divine; he is God. But he’s human nonetheless, and fully so. Jesus did not appeal to special privilege when it came to growing up the hard way. As his questions shaped his spirit, his inmost thoughts and his weakness grew into his obedience to God and his self-sacrificial love. What questions are you asking?

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

2 thoughts on “Ask”

  1. Great thoughts, BR. It is quite possible, if not probable, that we Christians have set aside the idea that Jesus had any “weaknesses”. He is God and that makes Him Lord of all. But to the human mind and heart, a Savior must be completely “strong”. It is no less a miracle than calming the Sea of Galilee that God would bring about our salvation thru a weak human being. While that fact will remain mystery to us (for who can know the mind of God?), it remains truth for all of history. Our charge is to learn from Jesus how to respond to our frailty of soul and body. That we can surely learn and know!

  2. Good area to explore further. It is true that some people will feel uncomfortable to ask questions. We cannot pinpoint exactly why, probably due to cultural factors, or due to personal or professional limitations, personality, anxieties and uncertainties. It takes encouragement, courage, and humility to ask questions. It is not easy for some to raise questions as they are unsure how those questions will be understood and received from the other side. The receivers must show that they are interested in any questions and all questions are welcome!

    I found that when our hearts and minds are open to learning and to growth, it will be much easier to ask questions. No one knows everything. Only God knows everything because He is the creator of human beings and the earth. The more we learn, the more we will discover we don’t know. Learning is a lifetime commitment. Some people learn best by asking questions. I learn best by listening and asking questions!

    The Lord Jesus set a great example for teaching, learning and growth. An inquiring and growing mind for learning and development will ask questions. Cultural differences or personality differences can be a factor but do not let these factors limit your curiosity and growth.

    I don’t know everything and probably I may not want to know everything that does not contribute to growth in spirit and in Godly actions. This Christmas, I want to learn more about Jesus, His Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection. I am so ready to learn more about Him and will have lots of questions!

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