The questions of Jesus, the High Priests, and Pilate—real and rhetorical—form a kind of final exam study guide for the disciples graduating on Good Friday. The questions are Jesus’ own and those put to him and to the disciples, but, finally, they examine us. They help us clarify our steps of faith with Christ and finish well our Lenten Journey:
Whom are you looking for? Are you looking for me?
Am I able to drink the cup that the Father has given me?
You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?
Who are your disciples, and what is your teaching?
Why do you ask me? Why not ask those who heard what I said to them?
If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?
You are not also one of his disciples, are you?
Did I not see you in the garden with him?
What accusation do you bring against this man?
Are you the King of the Jews?
Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?
I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?
So you are a king?
What is truth?
Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”
Where are you from?
Do you refuse to speak to me?
Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?”
Shall I crucify your King?
Let us prayerfully prepare with these final Good Friday “study questions.” May they be signposts to where our spiritual life will lead beyond the Lenten road with Jesus.
Which questions linger with you through Lent?
Direction for Prayer:
As you finish this Lenten journey, it is our hope that God has spoken to you through these days and through these thoughts. As you reflect on all you have discovered and as you look to list of questions above, what is God speaking to your heart? Whatever He is speaking to you, go to Him now in prayer and speak to Him about these things.
Peace be with you,
-Dr. Bill Daniel and Rev. Tab Miller