What was the difference between Mary and Zacharias? Why did they receive such different responses from the angel Gabriel?
Jesus’ questions provide direction for our lives as much as His answers because they invite us to examine our motives. This is especially true of the questions Jesus asked His parents on His first trip to Jerusalem for the Passover services. His questions apply especially at this Christmas season.
The Jews had been blessed by God for centuries, but they let it make them proud instead of making them grateful. The nine lepers’ pride kept them from expressing gratitude to Jesus. Do we ever let spiritual pride keep us from being thankful?
Leprosy took everything of value from the Samaritan man. Jesus healed him and gave it all back. The man’s gratitude overflowed in worship.
Jesus warned His followers not to lose their saltiness. What was He warning against? And how can we make sure to stay salty? Explore the Biblical answers to these important questions in Unsalty Salt? Part 2.
What did Jesus mean when He called His followers the “salt of the earth”? It’s a metaphor full of meaning for our modern lives. Salty Christians trust God and live out their trust in their daily lives. It is living like Jesus did – wholly dedicated to God. Salty Christians create spiritual thirst and promote growth.
The Gospels record over 300 questions that Jesus asked during His ministry. Yet He directly answered only three of the 183 questions that people asked Him. Why? Because questions invite us to think deeply and be changed. Jesus’ question to His first disciples has profound implications for our spiritual lives today.