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It is stunning how masterfully our Master Jesus, the Messiah, uses questions (read more here) to teach vital spiritual truths.  Jesus never asked a question because he needed to know the answer.  He used questions the way a surgeon uses a scalpel, to delicately cut into a new level of understanding.

Compiled here is a list of questions Jesus asked in Luke.  Though it is probably not exhaustive, it is an extensive collection of interrogations still demanding answers of us.

I find myself stunned at the power of these questions to cut into my soul.  I’d love to hear which question most jumps off the page and leaves you pondering as you read today.

Questions that Jesus Asks in the Good News According to Luke

  • Why were you searching for me? (Luke 2:49)
  • Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house? (Luke 2:49)
  • Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? (Luke 5:22)
  • Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? (Luke 5:23)
  • Why do you call me, ‘Master, Master,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)
  • Where is your faith? (Luke 8:25)
  • What is your name? (Luke 8:30)
  • Who touched me? (Luke 8:45)
  • Will you be lifted up to the skies? (Luke 10:15)
  • What is written in the Law? How do you read it? (Luke 10:26)
  • Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers? (Luke 10:36)
  • Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? (Luke 11:40)
  • Who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you? (Luke 12:14-15)
  • Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Luke 12:25)
  • Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? (Luke 12:57)
  • Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? (Luke 14:31)
  • Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? (Luke 14:34)
  • Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? (Luke 15:4)

  • Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? (Luke 15:8)
  • So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? (Luke 16:11)
  • Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? (Luke 17:17)
  • And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? (Luke 18:7)
  • However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8)
  • For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? (Luke 22:27)
  • Why are you sleeping?  (Luke 22:46)
  • For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry? (Luke 23:31)
  • What are you discussing together as you walk along? (Luke 24:17)
  • What things? (Luke 24:19)
  • Did not the the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory? (Luke 24:26)
  • Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? (Luke 24:38)
  • Do you have anything here to eat? (Luke 24:41)

Jesus asks a question