FJ#2: Answering THE Question

Study Guides

‘Following Jesus: Answering THE Question’ – March 17, 2019

(Adapted from “Jesus is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered”)

Below is a small sample of some of the questions Jesus asked. Read them aloud slowly and put a check
beside questions that feel comforting and an ‘X’ beside those that feel challenging. When completed,
answer the questions that follow.

 “What are you looking for? (John 1:38)
 “Who are you looking for? (John 18:7 & 20:15)
 “What do you want?” (Matthew 20:21)
 “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32; Mark 10:36)
 “Who do people say that I am?” (Mark 8:27)
 “Who do you say that I am? (Mark 8:29)
 “Why do you call me good?” (Mark 10:18)
 “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” (Matthew 22:42)
 “Why do you think evil in your hearts?” (Matthew 9:4)
 “If you love only those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax
collectors do the same?” (Matthew 5:46)
 “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6)
 “How long has this been going on?” (Mark 9:21)
 “What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?” (John 6:62)
 “Woman, where are they? Is there no one to condemn you?” (John 8:10)
 “Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives?” (Mark 8:36)
 “Are you not of more value than the birds of the air?” (Matthew 6:26)
 “What is God’s kingdom like? To what can I compare it?” (Mark 3:4)
 “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth?” (Luke 12:51)
 “Why do you worry about clothing?” (Matthew 6:28)
 “Won’t God provide justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he
be slow to help them?” (Luke 18:7)
 “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25)
 “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” (Mark 4:40)
 “To what will I compare the people of this generation? What are they like?” (Luke 7:31)
 “Who among you can show I’m guilty of sin? Since I speak the truth, why don’t you believe
in me?” (John 8:46)
 “Why don’t you understand what I’m saying?” (John 8:43)
 “Does this offend you?” (John 6:61)
 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’, and don’t do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)
 “Do you know what I’ve done for you?” (John 13:12)
 “What should I say? ‘Father, save me from this time’? (John 12:27)
 “Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:26)

FOR DISCUSSION

 Which questions did you find most comforting or challenging? Why?
 Pick a question to invite Jesus into. Ask him to lead your thoughts about how the question has
impacted your life. Ask him to share what he wants you to know about it. Share with someone
what you feel like God is saying to you.

‘Following Jesus: Answering THE Question’ – March 17, 2019

(Adapted from “The Glory of Christ: 5 Ways Jesus Proved He’s the Messiah” by BGEA, December 24, 2015)

Jesus is in fact unique. There are numerous things that set Him apart from other religions—with biblical
prophecy and proof to back up each of them. From the very beginning, God had a plan. And through
hundreds of prophecies in the Old Testament, God prepared the world for the coming of His Son. Jesus
really did live to die for the sins of humanity. Here are 5 of more than 300 prophecies fulfilled ages later
through Christ:

1. Biblical prophecy: The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall
come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” —
Micah 5:2 (NKJV)
Prophecy fulfilled: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers
of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” —Matthew 2:5-6 (NKJV)

2. Biblical prophecy: The Messiah would be born of a virgin.
Isaiah 7:14 (NKJV) says, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive
and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Prophecy fulfilled: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name
Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us.’” —Matthew 1:23 (NKJV)

3. Biblical prophecy: The Messiah would be rejected by His people
“The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is
marvelous in our eyes.” —Psalm 118:22-23 (NKJV)
Prophecy fulfilled: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the
Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” —Matthew 21:42-43 (NKJV)

4. Biblical prophecy: The Messiah would suffer with (and for) sinners
“Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because
he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.”—Isaiah 53:12 (ESV)
Prophecy fulfilled: “Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the
left.”—Matthew 27:38 (NKJV)

5. Biblical prophecy: The Messiah would perform miracles
Isaiah 35:5-6 (ESV) says, “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in
the wilderness, and streams in the desert.”
Prophecy fulfilled: “Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, ‘What shall we
do? For this Man works many signs.’” – John 11:47 (NKJV)

FOR DISCUSSION:

 Do you believe that Jesus is the Messiah? Why or why not?
 Have you pledged your allegiance to Jesus as the Messiah? How has that changed your life?