Questions and Answers
It was very sad this week to hear the news of Michael Parkinson’s death at the age of 88. Affectionately named “Parky”, the beloved British interviewer was known for his Yorkshire accent and for his hard hitting interviews.
As I reflect on his life, I wonder what questions Michael Parkinson would have asked if he had the opportunity to interview Jesus. Would he have covered some of the more difficult questions of our faith? Interestingly, as we read the accounts of Jesus’ life, we see that he was often asked difficult questions. Some of these questions were well-intentioned, but others were designed to catch him out.
As difficult as the questions were, sometimes Jesus’ answers were even harder, often challenging his listeners assumptions and encouraging them to change their perspective or approach to an issue.
Jesus’ response often depended on the motive of his questioners. Those who came to prove themselves in the right, or to trap Jesus, often found themselves angry and upset by his answers. While those who came with a humble heart and desire to learn found in Jesus the way, the truth and the life.
“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:10 ESV)
About the Writer:
Gavin Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for GCI in the UK and Ireland.