Life's Most Important Question
Some of the most dreaded moments in college and seminary occurred when the professor walked into the room, looked at the clock and said, ''Take out a half sheet of paper and number from 1 to 10.'' Those moments were excruciating. The tests were designed to test your knowledge on the materials you were supposed to have read during the course of that week. My theology professor would walk into class and hand us a sheet with about 5 questions on it, questions that were taken from the over 300 pages we averaged reading for his class each week. It was a sickening feeling.
For most of us, except for you really intelligent and quirky people that enjoyed things like that, the sheer thought of a test makes us normal folk a little nervous. We feel a little sick on our stomachs and our forehead and palms start to sweat because we are all but certain our short-term, mid-term and long-term memory will short circuit.
Today we are going to look at a test Jesus gave to His disciples. It is a pivotal moment in the Gospel narratives. For close to three years these men had been walking with Jesus. They saw and heard a lot of amazing things. Jesus did what no one else had ever done. He taught in a way that no one else had ever taught. John, in the closing words of his Gospel, says ''And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they *were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself *would not contain the books that *would be written.'' Wow! That is a lot of material.
Jesus' test did not consist of 100 questions, 50 questions or even 10 questions. Jesus' test consisted of one question. Everything He said and did (all the miracles) were to help His disciples answer this question, a question of eternal importance. It is one that we must all wrestle with and answer for ourselves.
Matthew 16.13-19 - Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disc ...
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