Deepening Your Spiritual Life with the Questions of Jesus

Jesus asks 307 questions in the gospels, and he only answers 3! We tend to think of Jesus as having all the answers, but his teaching style actually involved sharing challenging stories and asking questions to get people talking. Each week we’ll have one of the questions of Jesus here and in the bulletin.

First, try to imagine Jesus talking to you and asking you the question. What images, thoughts, feelings, or spiritual reflections does it bring up? Why is he asking you this? How does the question speak to your relationship with Jesus and the life of your soul? What questions does this question bring up in you? Spend a few minutes reflecting and/or writing notes and/or talking with a friend or family member.

Then, look at the question in its scriptural context. Does the context change the way you hear the question? The way you would respond? How? What do you notice about the passage? What stands out for you? Again, reflect/write/talk for a few minutes.

This week’s question: “With what can we compare the kingdom of God?” (Mark 4:26-34)

Remember, first reflect on the question, as if Jesus were asking it directly to you. Only after you’ve done that should you look it up in the Bible and reflect on whether and how seeing the context changes how you hear the question.

Previous questions

Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life span? (Matthew 6:25-33)

Who do you say that I am? (Mark 8:27-30)

Did I not tell you, that if you believed, you would see the glory of God? (John 11:38-44)

Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? (Luke 24:36-49)

What were you arguing about on the way? (Mark 9:33-37)

Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? (Matthew 7:1-5)

For what will it profit you if you gain the whole world but forfeit your life? (Matthew 16:24-28)