When Jesus walked the earth, he asked questions, he questioned religious leaders, politicians, men, women even demons. We have a record of some of those questions preserved for us in the Gospels. Have you ever pondered why Jesus asked questions? Israel Wayne points out in Questions Jesus Asked,
He (Jesus) isn’t asking questions for His own personal benefit but rather on behalf of the person being asked. Jesus was full of love and compassion for people. His questions penetrate the heart and probe our deepest motive…Because these questions of Jesus have been preserved for us in the Scripture, I believe they are there for our benefit as well (Pg. 11).
In the introduction Israel Wayne explores the discussion of Jesus being fully God and fully man, in particular how this relates to the attribute of God being all knowing. Israel delicately explains the relationship of the divinity and the humanity of Jesus in relation to the all knowing attribute of God. Israel gives us a quick tour through the Scriptures to explain the two natures of Christ, very helpful to the reader.
In the following chapters of Questions Jesus Asks, Israel takes 20 questions asked by Jesus and expounds on them and how they relate to us. He does a masterful job at getting to the heart of each question and expounding on the topic. The topics range from Christology, fear, Lordship, suffering and on. One of my favorite chapters is chapter 13 when Jesus asked the Sadducees,
“Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?(Mark 12:24)
Israel then explains,
Jesus points out two key areas that had kept the Sadducees from being able to understand the truth correctly. These two areas are still a struggle for Christians today: biblical literacy and experiencing the power of God in their personal lives (pg. 115).
Each chapter is packed with the power of God’s word and helps us examine our own heart as we turn the pages.
I chewed up this book pretty quick, besides being an easy read, it was very informative with Biblical depth. I enjoyed the concept of digging into the questions and having them developed for me. Questions Jesus Asked could be a great discipleship tool or even a devotional. If you are like me you will desire to keep reading Questions Jesus Asked until you are done.
Until Next Time
Soli Deo Gloria
NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher New Life Press through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest opinion. The thoughts and words are my own and I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.