The Final Question

Only days before He was taken and crucified by His enemies, Jesus answered a lawyer’s question concerning the greatest commandment: “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31 NIV). The lawyer gave Jesus a verbal A plus for His answer to which Jesus replied: “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:34 NIV). From then on, no one asked Jesus any more questions.

Throughout His ministry on earth, Jesus was asked many questions. Seekers and followers asked Him questions wanting to know the truth. His enemies asked Him questions hoping to catch him in his words (Mark 12:13). And people the world over have been asking questions about Jesus ever since. God doesn’t mind questions at all. Truly, He invites us to ask: “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” (Jeremiah 33:3-4 NLT). God actually enjoys making known what He knows to we who don’t: I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, (Isaiah 46:9-10 NIV).

In the end, only one question truly matters; and Jesus asks it:  “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29). We each must answer it for ourselves, and how we answer makes an eternal difference: Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (John 3:18 ESV). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31 NKJV).

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