In Mark 10:18, Jesus is responding to a man who called him “good teacher” and asked what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus’ response is a reminder that only God is truly good and that eternal life can only be attained through following God’s commands. He is not calling himself as good but emphasizing that the goodness come from God alone.
A man called Jesus a “good teacher” and asked about inheriting eternal life.
Jesus replied that only God is truly good.
He emphasized that eternal life can only be attained by following God’s commands.
Jesus is not calling himself good but emphasizing that goodness come from God alone.
The passage is a reminder that no one can attain eternal life or goodness on their own, but it comes through following God’s teachings.
I. Introduction In the Bible, the book of Mark chapter 8 verse 29, Jesus poses the question “Who do you say that I am?” to his disciples. This question is significant because it is a pivotal moment in Jesus’ ministry where he is seeking to confirm the understanding of his identity among his followers.
II. The response of Peter The disciple Peter responds to Jesus’ question by saying “You are the Christ” (Mark 8:29), acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah. This statement by Peter is significant because it is the first time in the New Testament that Jesus is publicly acknowledged as the Messiah.
III. The significance of the Messiah In Jewish tradition, the Messiah is the anointed one, chosen by God to bring salvation to the people. For Peter and the other disciples to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah means that they believe him to be the savior sent by God.
IV. The reaction of Jesus After Peter’s declaration, Jesus tells his disciples to tell no one about his identity. This is likely because the concept of a suffering Messiah was not a popular belief at the time, and Jesus did not want to be prematurely arrested.
V. Conclusion The question “Who do you say that I am?” and Peter’s response “You are the Christ” is a significant moment in Jesus’ ministry, in which his identity as the Messiah is publicly acknowledged for the first time. This acknowledgement has far-reaching implications for the understanding of Jesus’ mission and purpose.
The question “Who do people say that I am?” is a significant moment in the gospel of Mark as it serves as a turning point in the narrative. It is not only a question Jesus asked to his disciples, but also a question that every person can ask themselves. It forces us to reflect on who we believe Jesus to be and what that means for our own beliefs and actions.
The disciples respond by listing various opinions of Jesus, which are circulating in society at the time, such as John the Baptist or one of the prophets. This serves to highlight the different perspectives that people have of Jesus, and how these perspectives can vary greatly.
The question “But who do you say that I am?” that Jesus asks his disciples directly, is a personal and profound question that goes beyond the public opinion. It is a question that challenges us to examine our own beliefs and relationship with Jesus, rather than relying solely on what others say about him.
This question is significant because it highlights the growing understanding and belief of Jesus’ identity among his disciples, as well as the process of personal discovery and realization that happens when someone comes to know Jesus as the Christ. It also highlights the importance of personal relationship with Jesus and not just knowing about him.
Ultimately, the question “Who do people say that I am?” is not just a historical question, but one that continues to be relevant today as we all seek to understand who Jesus is and what his teachings mean for us. It is a question that invites us to go deeper in our own faith journey and to build a personal relationship with Jesus. It is a question that can change our lives forever.
So one day I was in church and the sermon, can’t remember by who, was about one of the many questions Jesus asked his disciples. I can’t even remember the question in question (see what I did there?} But the preacher said that it would be interesting to do a study on all the questions Jesus asked in the gospels.
I just let it slide, but it stayed at the back of my mind. Until this week. I started playing around with ChatGPT and decided to use it to do the research.
My first question was how many questions did Jesus ask. At this point I’ll just copy paste the responses I got.
How many questions did Jesus ask in the gospels?
According to my research, Jesus asks a total of 113 questions in the four gospels of the New Testament. This includes both questions that Jesus asks of others and questions that are directed towards him. Many of these questions are designed to challenge the thinking of those around him, to reveal deeper truths, or to encourage contemplation and reflection.
The ones Jesus asked of others
“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? No one is good except God alone.” (Mark 10:18)
“What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51)
“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Matthew 9:28)
“What are you looking for?” (John 1:38)
“Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (John 9:35)
“Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:6)
“Do you believe in the Son of God?” (John 9:35)
“Why do you question this in your hearts?” (Luke 5:22)
“Why do you think evil in your hearts?” (Matthew 9:4)
“Do you not yet understand?” (Matthew 15:16)
“Why are you afraid?” (Matthew 8:26)
“Do you not see or understand?” (Mark 8:17)
“Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46)
“Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” (Mark 4:40)
“Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6)
“Do you want to go away as well?” (John 6:67)
“Why do you not understand what I say?” (John 8:43)
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?” (John 14:10)
And it did this in seconds.
In the next few posts, I’ll use ChatGPT to chambua (elaborately examine) each of these questions. I’m not about to get into arguments over whether these are the only questions or if there were more. I must tell you however, that when I tried this yesterday, the questions were 19 and today they are 20.