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Questions come in waves

Cross questions

Jesus calmed a storm that threatened to overwhelm the boat

WHO? Why? What? When? Where? How?

According to a study reported on the website of The Independent, four-year-old children ask their parents up to 73 ques­tions a day, beginning as early as 6 am and not stopping until bedtime. You may recognise some of them: ‘Why do peo­ple die? What is God? How was I made? Why do I have to go to school? Why can’t I stay up as late as you?’

Children – and adults – have been asking questions about life, God and religion for centuries. God seems to be the obvious choice when we want some­one to blame for a natural or manmade disaster. We ask: ‘Where is God? Does he even exist? And if he does, why does he allow bad things to happen?’

In this series we will look at some of the questions people asked Jesus and consider our own response to the Easter story.

When Jesus calmed a storm that threatened to overwhelm the boat in which he and his followers were travel­ling, people asked: ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!’ (Matthew 8:27 New International Version). And, when he forgave the sins of a woman with a very dubious past, they wondered: ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’ (Luke 7:49).

Those who listened and watched him began to ask each other if Jesus was their long-promised Messiah. They cheered as he rode into Jerusalem in triumph on a donkey, fulfilling the ancient prophecies. But less than a week later, those cheers had turned to jeers. Jesus was arrested, put on trial and sentenced to die by cru­cifixion.

Why did this good man have to die? The Bible tells us plainly that Jesus died to bring forgiveness, reconciliation with God and eternal life to all who put their trust in him (see John 3:16).

So why do Christians celebrate Easter? Because Jesus’ death was not the end of the story. Because three days later, Jesus rose from the dead.

Easter celebrates his resurrection and the reality of his living presence in our world today and in our own lives. No question about that.

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