Jesus Questions

By Sandra Seaborn, Associate Priest
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Posted on June 23, 2016

As a teenager, I found Jesus “cool”. I was told to read the book of Luke for Confirmation homework and discovered Jesus, a different Jesus than I remembered from my sporadic sojourns in Sunday School.
The Jesus I found in the Bible was radical. He spoke truth to power. He fought against unjust societal systems. He hung out with and really listened to people.  He helped those on the outside find their true worth and identity. He was powerful. He was authentic. He caught my attention.
This Jesus was a teacher I could respect. He was a leader I wanted to follow. Jesus became a friend I could vent to. Jesus was perfect so I didn’t have to be. Jesus was there for me. I would turn to Jesus in emotional struggle and pour out teenage angst in journaling prayer.    
Though I didn’t realize it, in these early days of my faith journey, I was still firmly the center of my universe. I went to Jesus with my needs and wanted him to fix my problems. Jesus was my teacher, my Saviour, even my friend. My faith was still centered on me. In time what I realized, was that Jesus didn’t just want my attention and affection, he wanted my allegiance.  
The transition of my allegiance to Jesus has been more than a one-time choice or single moment decision. This transformation of allowing Jesus to be center of my life continues today. My heart is prone to wander, attracted by comfort, control, and compliments.   
What then do I do? Can anything be done to recover the energy and enthusiasm of my early faith, without its self-centered nature? Time and again, I turn back to Jesus as revealed in the scriptures. Being sure now, to stop talking long enough, to give room to listen.
This upcoming sermon series gives us a collective opportunity to listen and to hear again the words of Jesus. We are going to spend six weeks exploring Jesus’ questions to us.   
Jesus’ questions helped early followers clarify their value assumptions and challenge religious stereotypes. Jesus’ questions still probe the affections of the heart, the actions of our hands, and the allegiance of the will. Who do you say I am? What did you come to see? What do you want me to do for you? Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat? You do not want to leave too, do you? Do you wish to be well?  
Come and listen on Sunday mornings for what Jesus may be asking you.