Our young adult group had an interesting discussion last night. I gave each person a blank piece of paper and asked them a series of nine questions about Christmas and Jesus’ life. I instructed them to write the answer to each question, fold the paper just enough to cover their answers, and pass the paper to the right for the next question. It’s a great way to have people answer honestly because of the safety of anonymity.
We ended with a question that got great responses: “If you had one question that Jesus would answer for you – absolutely anything – what would it be?”
A great response was “At what age did you know you are God?” Jesus was both God and man. And if he was a truly man, he must have been truly baby and boy as well. Our answers were a bit off the cuff, but very interesting:
- Babies are by nature very self-centered, so was Jesus selfish? Just because people don’t know that they are sinning, it doesn’t nullify the fact. There is an age of accountability, so does God’s grace nullify sin until at some point he determines we have grown to a point of culpability? We believe that Jesus was sinless, so these questions were about how these things could further be defined based on Jesus’ life.
- Did Jesus ever do a miracle on accident? Jesus must have had to learn how to use the power before displaying it to the world. The people were surprised by his miracles, so he probably didn’t do any miracles publicly until his ministry had begun. But, we wondered if he ever secretly increased the benefit of a loaf of bread to feed hungry people or heal a blind man on the fly without any recognition for it.
- How is it that Jesus had to “grow in wisdom and stature” (Luke 2:52)? If you grow in something, that means it must have been lacking before. We landed on the idea that when Jesus came to earth he had limitations, such as not knowing the times and dates for the end of the world set by the Father. These limitations were self-imposed – so they don’t mean he was any less God during his earthly ministry.
I looked into that last one a bit more this morning. There is some debate about the word for “wisdom”, some saying is means age. Based on the context most scholars agree with translating it “wisdom”. John Nolland sums it up nicely:
Jesus’ unique identity will later be given full expression in his adult ministry. In between, however, there is to be growth in wisdom and in stature and in the capacity to execute that which is pleasing both to God and on the human level. (Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 35A, p. 135)
I’m thinking about doing a series of blogs based on questions never asked about Jesus because we think they are crazy and irrelevant. I’ll collect them from discussions with people in my experience, but feel free to post one or two of your own. I might do a post based on yours, if it’s crazy enough. I’m not saying I’ll have the answers, but they would be fun to consider!
So, If you had one question that Jesus would answer for you – absolutely anything – what would it be?