FIVE CARDINAL QUESTIONS ON LIFE part 2 of 3
Jesus was asked many questions during His earthly ministry such as:
Who are you?
Where did you come from?
Why are you here?
Where are you going from here?
How will you get there?
The difference between the righteous and the unrighteous of this world is that the former have answers to the questions of life. During His earthly walk, Jesus gave answers to these five cardinal questions.
Question #1: Who Are You?”
In John 8:25 the Jews asked Jesus “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.” At different occasions Jesus responded to the question by saying:
“I am the light of the world.”
“I am the door of the sheep.”
“I am the bread of life” which came down from heaven.
“I am the good shepherd.”
“I who speak to you am He” – the Messiah.
“I am He” – Jesus of Nazareth.
Question #2: Where Did You Come From?
John 6:41 “The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” In John 8:19 Jesus was asked: “Where is Your Father.” The Jews wanted to know where He came from. “And He said to them, ‘You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world’” (John 8:23). Jesus came from heaven.
Question #3: Why Are You Here?
John 6:51 Jesus said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” On different occasions He said He was here to do His Father’s will: to seek and save the lost; to give eternal life to them that believe. “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. … for this purpose I came to this hour. (Jn 12:24, 27).
Question #4: Where Are You Going From Here?
Jesus told the Jews “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me.” (Jn 7:33). He also told His disciples privately He was returning to heaven where He came from. “What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? (Jn 6:62). Speaking to His Father before going to the cross, Jesus said: “Now … I come to You. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves” (Jn 17:11, 13).
Question #5: How Will You Get There?
Jesus said by laying down His life for the brethren. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (Jn 15:13). For this purpose Jesus came into the world to give His life a ransom for many. “… If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
Born again rapture-ready Christians have answers to the five cardinal questions of life. Old Testament saints knew who they were and what they came to earth to do and the expected result. They believed the Report (Isa 53:1).
Joseph knew who he was and why he was sold into slavery in Egypt. As a slave in Potiphar’s house he was tempted through lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life. At his most vulnerable moment, his master’s wife said to him: ‘come and lie with me.’ Joseph told Potiphar’s wife: ‘how can I do this and sin against God?’
It takes those who know who they are, where they came from, what they are doing here and where they are going after this life to take correct decisions in life’s daily battle. Joseph knew he was heir to the blessings of Abraham. He understood that yielding to the diverse lusts for a season would abort God’s purpose for his life and put off-course God’s plan for succeeding generations. Even when his brothers became remorseful in selling him to Ishmaelite merchants for twenty shekels of silver, Joseph comforted them by saying: “… do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance” (Gen 45: 5, 7).
Esther knew that her being beautiful, young and a slave in Babylon was not by accident. She knew her purpose in life was to preserve life even at the expense of her own life. “If I perish, I perish” was her response to the wicked plot of Haman.
JOHN THE BAPTIST
John the Baptist knew he was not the Christ but one sent ahead to lay the groundwork for Christ’s earthly ministry. Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” He said: “I am ‘the voice of one crying in the wilderness: make straight the way of the Lord’ as the prophet Isaiah said” (Jn 1:19-20, 23).
Do you have biblical answers to the Cardinal Questions of life? The original apostles knew who they were, what to do at every situation looking forward to the reward promised by the great ‘Rewarder.’
THE APOSTLES IMITATED CHRIST
The Apostles knew who they were. They knew Jesus was the Messiah. They saw Him ascend into heaven and knew He would come back as He said. The Disciples expected the rapture to take place in their time. Their focus on the imminence of the rapture made them to be watchful. They were devoted to the things of God and earnestly longed to be with the Lord. They qualified as those who ‘fell asleep.’ The original eleven plus Paul died as martyrs.
To be continued