In my last post, three of the disciples went with Jesus up a mountain and saw Him transfigured into His heavenly glory. Then the Lord explained to them about His coming death and resurrection.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
Of course, looking back to this time, the phrase “rising from the dead” seems pretty simple to understand. That’s especially true since Jesus had already started preparing all of His disciples on this subject.
I think the problem is that none of them wanted to believe that the way to our salvation was for Jesus to physically die. They were in denial about the literal meaning of what the Lord was saying.
But as they were discussing this, more questions were arising.
And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
I think that’s funny. They couldn’t accept the literal teaching that Jesus had to die. And yet, they couldn’t grasp that Elijah’s appearing was symbolically fulfilled in the ministry of John the Baptist. It’s amazing the way our minds work.
We always think along the lines that are most comfortable for us. That’s why if we don’t like what a passage of Scripture is saying, we ask for peoples’ opinions about it. Then, we go with the explanation that disturbs us the least.
Jesus answers their questions – both the spoken and unspoken ones.
Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”
The Lord takes the time to explain about His ministry and the ministry of John the Baptist. Why is this important to us?
I think that too many times we’re under the impression that you can never question God. We’re told not to ask Him about what’s going on in our lives. They say that it shows a lack of faith.
On the contrary, I see in the life of Christ a willingness to answer the tough questions. We serve a big God. He’s not intimidated by anything we may ask.
Of course, attitude is everything. I’m talking about asking with a humble heart. I’ve received answers to these types of prayers.
“Lord, why am I going through this? Is there something in me that needs to change?”
“What do I need to do to grow in your grace? How can I be more like You, Jesus?”
I’ve found that God usually answers these prayers. But you have to be willing to accept whatever He tells you…even if it’s uncomfortable.
It blesses me to know that the Lord wants a conversational relationship with His children.
Question: What have you learned from asking God questions?
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