What Question might Jesus be asking you?
what question might Jesus be asking you?
Each of us will have faced things – and may well be facing – things which knock us off course. Here is a marvellous thought: Jesus does not want us to remain forever in our shame and woundedness. He knows precisely how to restore us! He comes to us with unerring love and precision to skilfully bring us back to where we can look Him in the eye again with confidence and tread the path He has so carefully laid out for us.
In God on Mute, Pete Grieg makes the point that after His Resurrection, Jesus came to His deeply shaken disciples not so much with an arm around their shoulder but with questions. By this means, He not only invited them into a wonderfully refreshed relationship with Himself, but He reached deep to address their greatest need.
To Mary Magdalene He asked, ‘Why are you crying?’ targeting her pain.
To the two on the road to Emmaus, ‘What are you discussing? Don’t you understand?’ targeting their confusion.
To the disciples, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your mind?’ targeting their crisis of faith.
And then, as He cooked breakfast for Peter, He asked him a question that targeted Peter’s sense of guilt and failure: ‘Do you truly love me?’
In other words, after all the trauma of the events from Maundy Thursday onwards, and recognising how much His friends needed healing and cleansing, He set out to bring this about by posing questions that were beautifully and lovingly calculated to reach to the heart of specific issues.
When we are feeling afraid, ashamed or vulnerable, may we likewise be open to His tenderly probing questions.