If Jesus is the answer, what was the question?

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Jesus is the answer for the world today

Above Him there’s no other, Jesus is the way

– Andrae Crouch

Two comments from yesterday’s Catch taken together make a Catch of their own. Andrew reminded us that Jesus ultimately has an answer for everything, but then Bob pointed out that the one big question, “Why?” stuck in his craw and sent him on a long journey from which he finally came back to Jesus.

Yes, Jesus is the answer, but learning to satisfy our human nature and our free will as to how and why He is the answer is the story of our lives.

Our job is not to sit there like Johnny Carson’s late-night Swami character holding up an envelope to our brains with the question inside, then pick up a new envelope every few seconds and utter the same answer, “Jesus” every time. We have a responsibility to show and tell why He is the answer.

There are two sides to this telling why. The first is the experiential, emotional side. What is the personal process by which you came to know that Jesus is the answer to your own need? When did God become real to you? Was it a cry in the night? An empty hole in your heart? A brush with death? The other is the intellectual side — what theologians call apologetics. This is the ability to reason our faith intellectually. This is about finding rational answers to questions like, “How do we know there is a God?” “Are the scriptures reliable?” “How do we know Jesus rose from the dead?” “How could a loving God allow suffering?” “How can there be only one way to God?” These are the how and why answers we need to know. It’s not that they will satisfy everyone’s doubts and make everyone a believer, but they may remove some barriers to faith in someone’s journey to finding that, indeed, Jesus IS the answer.

“Jesus is the answer for the world today,” is Andrae Crouch’s famous Jesus movement song, but it is not enough for us to spout off “Jesus” as the answer to everything. Our entire life lived out in the world is the process by which we tell the world why.

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7 Responses to If Jesus is the answer, what was the question?

  1. mike b says:

    TMI.

    This is a short and sweet, profound, Catch.
    Such a large and reaching amount of info in such a few sentences. Well Said!
    mike b.
    Lake Forest.

    • Mark D Seguin says:

      Agree!

    • Kathy Borhauer says:

      John – some days I think you must be a good Methodist. For example, this reading makes me think of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, looking at theological questions from the perspectives of scripture, tradition, reason, and experience.

  2. Mark D Seguin says:

    Love this: “If Jesus is the answer, what was the question?” B/C once read this little, yet powerful book (paraphrasing the title) Most of life’s answer can be found in asking the right questions. It was build on Matt. 7:7 “Ask and it shall be given unto you…:

  3. John A Fagliano says:

    More from the book of questions:

    If a loving God does not exist, where did love come from?

    If Jesus did not rise from the dead, why would His followers lie about it knowing that could cost them their lives?

    Could all the stories in the bible be completely made up and unreliable?

    Why would anyone make up a religion about a leader rejected by His own, executed as a criminal and who willingly went to His death to forgive people?

    Why would men make up rules from a false god who said love your enemies and do good to those who persecute you?

    If God is Love–a Love more perfect than mankind’s love–then what does Perfect Love do?

    Is there proof that Perfect Love is active in the world?

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