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Daily Reading: 13th January 2015

John 11.26-27

26 And everyone who lives and believes in Me shall by no means ever die. Do you believe this?

27 She says to Him; “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, the One coming into the world.”

There are many times during our life that we are asked a direct question, and they come in various forms. The person who has to give evidence in a court of law is asked to confirm their name; the accused is asked if they plead guilty or not guilty.

In the wedding ceremony both the man and the woman are asked this direct question: ‘Do you take (name) to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband’.

Questions are asked to enable us to confirm things about our self and or what we believe.

Jesus asked Martha if she believed what He was saying to her. He asked her if she believed that everyone who lives and believes in Him would not die. Jesus had just made it clear that He was speaking about a person’s soul not dying.

There were other times when Jesus asked people a direct question. In Mark chapter 8 Jesus asked His disciples who people thought He was. This was leading them toward the really big question: “but who do you say I am?”. Peter answering says to Him: “You are the Christ” – v.29.

Peter was quick to give a direct answer to Jesus.

Two blind men came to a house where Jesus was staying, seeing them Jesus asked: “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do” – Matthew 9.28 (NLT). Such a direct question drew from these blind men the faith to receive the healing that Jesus brought to them.

Jesus asked Martha a direct question about her faith in Him regarding those who believe and live in Him, and their not dying.

Is Jesus asking us any direct questions? Are we listening to Him?

Sometimes His questions to us will make us feel uncomfortable, because we do not want to change to meet His new circumstances for us.

His questions will always help us to see clearly His desire for us and clarify our own understanding. This will most likely lead us to change those areas of our life that still need to conform to His will.

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