Merry Christmas! And many questions I would love to ask!

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Merry Christmas!

While the Bible shares the story of the birth of Jesus – it does not answer all of my curiosity questions.  If I could visit with Mary the mother of Jesus I would love to ask her:

  1. Was Jesus a good baby?
  2. Did she ever need to correct him as a child?
  3. Did she ever have to explain to him what a particular scripture passage meant?  Did he ever surprise her with his answers?
  4. Did Jesus ever get into trouble as a boy?
  5. Who was his best childhood friend?
  6. What were Jesus’s favorite childhood games?
  7. Did the inn-keeper ever find out the identity of the baby that was born in his manger?
  8. What did the shepherds tell you?  Did they hum the song they heard the angels sing?
  9. What did the wisemen tell you?  How long did they stay?

And I am sure that as Mary answered, I would frequently ask her to please tell me more!

I would also love to ask Mary all of the questions that Mark Lowry asked in his thought  provoking Christmas Carol:

Mary Did You Know? – Written by Mark Lowry  

Click “HERE” for performance by Mark Lowry 

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?

Mary did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know.. Mary did you know

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

The Ultimate Christmas Question:

I love this quote from Max Lucado – best-selling author and Senior Pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas:

“Those who saw him – really saw him (Jesus) – knew there was something different.  At his touch blind beggars saw. At his command crippled legs walked.  At his embrace empty lives filled with vision.

He fed thousands with one basket.  He stilled a storm with one command.  He raised the dead with one proclamation.  He changed lives with one request.  He rerouted the history of the world with one life, lived in one country, was born in one manger, and died on one hill.

During the final week he summarized his claims with one question.  Speaking of himself he asked his disciples ‘What do you think about the Christ?  Whose son is he?’

A probing question.  A properly positioned question.  The ‘what’ is answered by the ‘who.’ What you think about the Christ is embosomed in whose son he is.  Note Jesus didn’t ask, ‘What do you think about the Christ and his opinions on social issues?’ or, ‘What do you think about Christ and his ability to lead people?’

After three years of ministry, hundreds of miles, thousands of miracles, innumerable teachings, Jesus asks, ‘Who?’  Jesus bids the people to ponder not what he has done but who he is.

It’s the ultimate question of Christ:  Whose son is he?”

If you are not sure or would like to know more about who Jesus is, I would be delighted to send, as my Christmas gift to you, one of my favorite books, “More Than A Carpenter” by Josh McDowell, my former colleague of 24 years.  Please email me at bob.tiede@cru.org with your U.S. mailing address and your book will soon be on its way – with my compliments.  (offer available for U.S. mailing addresses only)

Merry Christmas!

And Happy New Year!

Next Leading with Questions post will be on January 2

 

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