Questions and Answers: Study 3
By Students of The “Finding Out About Christ” Course.
QUESTIONS PAGE 9
Explain: “Why do you say that ‘only’ Jesus completely pleased God?”
Only a perfect person can completely please God. Jesus was entirely without sin; He was completely perfect! We sin in thought, word and deed. Never an hour passes without us sinning. God honoured Jesus by publicly declaring that He was pleased with Him. He could NEVER honour sinful people like us in this way.
QUESTIONS PAGE 10
Explain: “Is the High Priest in Hebrews 4:15 Jesus? Explain from ‘but’ onwards”
Yes, Jesus is said to be a High Priest. God had promised to send a priest who would live forever. Jesus came alive and is still alive today. He lives forever! Priests spoke to God on behalf of sinners like us. There is no longer any need for priests today, as Jesus is in Heaven and speaks to God the Father for us. Jesus has sympathy for sinners because He was tempted to sin just as we are. But, unlike us, He never yielded to temptation. Priests needed to sympathise with sinners so that they could plead with God on their behalf. Who would you like to speak up for you, a person who understood your trials ands temptations or one who didn’t?
Explain: “What is meant by 2 Corinthians 5:21 (footnote)?”
When Jesus died on the cross something very wonderful happened. The sins of believers were given to Jesus (as if He had done them), and His righteousness was attributed to them, even to believers who had not yet been born. He is said to have become sin, and believers are said to become righteousness. This is to emphasise how closely He was responsible for our sin and how the righteousness of God’s Son now belongs to those who believe in Him.
Explain: “Why did Jesus say, ‘Permit it to be so now etc’ - Matthew 3:15-16?”
Permit means to allow. Jesus asked John to allow His baptism to take place. John knew that Jesus was perfect and did not need to repent and be baptised. But Jesus insisted and John obeyed. It is just another example of the humility of Jesus. John’s Baptism was a Baptism of Repentance, i.e. only for those willing to forsake sin.
Explain: “Why did John ask who Jesus was, when at His baptism God announced that Jesus was His Son”?
Yes, John did know who Jesus was. He heard God’s voice announce that Jesus was His Son, and he pointed to Jesus as “The Lamb of God” (John 1:29, 36).But even the greatest believers can have doubts, even after seeing something as wonderful as the Spirit descending on Jesus (John 1:33).
John was in prison when he sent his disciples to Jesus, and it is easy to doubt when times are hard. King Herod and his wife hated John. His life was in danger and he would soon be beheaded. This is probably why he sent his disciples to Jesus, and encourages us to know that it is not unusual for believers to have doubts. But we should recall the wonderful things Jesus did, as John was asked to do, to dispel our doubts!
Explain: “Why should we love our enemies, and how can we love them?”
We should love our enemies because God loved His enemies and sent His Son to die for those who would repent and believe.He prayed “Father forgive them for they do not know what they do” (Luke23:34). We can only love our enemies when we realise how bad we are ourselves. If God has forgiven us then we should be ready to forgive others. Ask God to show you how undeserving you are of His love.
Explain: "Why do some people have no compassion and why are there so many fights and wars today"
The answer to this question is in Matthew 15:19. In this verse Jesus said that our hearts are full of bad things. He said, "out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies" When a person does wrong he/she is doing what his evil nature wants to do. There are "fights and wars" because of the hatred that is in people's hearts. It’s in all our hearts but we do not always show it.