“I am the way, and the truth,
and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me.”
– John 14:6
Jesus came to save us from our sins, not our questions. Christ came to save us from our sins, not our brains.You don't need to be afraid of hard questions. Hard questions show they are thinking hard. God is big enough to handle their toughest questions. If they have serious doubts, maybe a serious search for God is in order. Having deep questions can lead anyone on a thoughtful and careful search for deep answers—if they don’t let go and give up. Jesus promises all who seek will find. All who ask will be given what they need. All who knock will find doors opened.
Jesus Did Not Mince Words
Some of Jesus teachings are just difficult.
Matthew 5:39 “But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek...”
Matthew 5:44 “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Matthew 5:48 “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 16:24 “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
Matthew 20:26 “Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant.”
Mark 10:25 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Cross to bear
· Much of the time the phrase “cross to bear” holds a meaning of inconvenience and obligation
· The cross was a symbol of torture and death, not a symbol of duty, obedience or inconvenience
· Close your eyes and think of duty you perform out of love – that is not a cross to bear, but an act of love
· Think of something you do out of obedience to an authority
· This obedience is not a cross to bear, no matter how unpleasant it may be – it is a simply duty
· Picture something you do for others that is sometimes inconvenient – that is not a cross to bear, it is simply inconvenience
· What noble thing is God causing you to do?
· What selfless sacrifice might you make to set another free?
· What death would you die to bring life to another?
The Tough Ten
1. “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) Is he calling himself God?
2. “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” (Mark 10:21) Is he saying we have to abandon everything we own to be a Christian?
3. “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:29) Is he being literal here?
4. “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!” (Luke 12:51) Whatever happened to the Prince of Peace?
5. “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Must we be willing to die to be his disciple?
6. So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53) What’s that all about?
7. “If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also...” (Luke 6:29) Is he saying we can’t defend ourselves when attacked?
8. “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” (Matthew 15:26) Is he calling the Samaritan woman an unworthy dog?
9. “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26) Is he saying we are supposed to hate our parents or we can’t be his follower?
10. “I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) This sounds terribly exclusive. What about the hundreds of millions of people who have never heard of Jesus? Are they all bound for hell?
Many who followed Jesus gave up when his words became too difficult to follow
Read Mark 10:26-27
Living up to God’s standards is impossible
How, then, are you saved?
is a parable about a farmer who stored up great wealth, but lost his life?
How is this parable like people who are “rich” in things, but poor in God?
Terms This Week
Agnostic: A person who does not deny the existence of God and heaven, but holds that a person can’t know for certain whether or not they exist.
Atheist: A person who doesn’t believe or denies the existence of God.
Christian: A person who professes belief in Jesus as Christ and follows the life and teachings of Jesus.
Doubt: To be undecided or skeptical.
Faith: A belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God’s will.
Remember One Thing
Don’t be afraid of hard questions. God is big enough to handle even the toughest ones. If you have serious doubts, maybe a serious search for God is in order.
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