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Jesus asks a question

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.  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.

  1. What do you want? (John 1:38)
  2. Why do you involve me? (John 2:4)
  3. You are Israel’s teacher, and do you not understand these things? (John 3:10)
  4. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? (John 3:12)
  5. Will you give me a drink? (John 4:7)
  6. Do you want to get well? (John 5:6)
  7. How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God? (John 5:44)
  8. If you do not believe Moses’ writings how will you believe me? (John 5:47)
  9. Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat? (John 6:5)
  10. Does this offend you? (John 6:61)
  11. What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! (John  6:62)
  12. You do not want to leave too, do you? (John 6:67)
  13. Have I not chosen you? (John 6:70)
  14. Has not Moses given you the law? (John 7:19)
  15. Why are you trying to kill me? (John7:19)
  16. Why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath? (John 7:23)
  17. Where are they? Has no one condemned you? (John 8:10)
  18. Why is my language not clear to you? (John 8:43)
  19. Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?  (John 8:46)
  20. If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? (John 8:46)
  21. Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? (John 10:36)
  22. Are there not twelve hours of daylight? (John 11:9)
  23. Do you believe this? (John 11:26)
  24. Where have you laid him? (John 11:33)
  25. Do you understand what I have done for you? (John 13:12)
  26. Don’t you know me, even after I have been among you such a long time? (John 14:9)
  27. Who is it you want? (John 18:4,7)
  28. Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? (John 18:11)
  29. Is that your own idea, or did others talk to you about me? (John 18:34)
  30. Why question me? (John 18:21)
  31. If I spoke the truth, why did you strike me? (John 18:23)
  32. Why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for? (John 20:15)
  33. Friends, haven’t you any fish? (John 21:5)
  34. Do you love me? (John 21:17)
  35. What is that to you? (John 21:22)
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