Do you ask good questions?
- Why is there something instead of nothing, including you and me and so much to love?
- Who am I?
- Where did I come from?
- Why am I here?
- How can I know and find what is true and good?
- Where am I going? (How do I get there?)
- Who is God?
- How can I know God?
- Jesus asked his disciples “Who do people say that I am?” (Mark 8:23)
Jesus asks Peter (and us) “Who do you say that I am? (Mark 8:29)
- Is Jesus who he says he is?
- Did Jesus rise from the dead?
- Where have I seen God this week?
TS Eliot answers the question “Why are we here?” as follows:
If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same: you would have to put off
Sense and notion. You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
Or carry report. You are here to kneel
— TS Eliot, From The Little Gidding
Who is Jesus (according to Jesus)?
Bread of Life
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
— John 6:35
I am the bread of life.
— John 6:48
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
— John 6:51
Light of the World
Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
— John 8:12
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.”
— John 8:58
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.”
— John 15:1
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”
— John 15:4
Gate for the Sheep
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep.”
— John 10:7
“I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.”
— John 10:9
“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
— John 10:11
“I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me…”
— John 10:14
Resurrection and the Life
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”
— John 11:25
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
— John 14:6
Son of God / I am in the Father
“‘can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize [and understand] that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
— John 10:36–38
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.”
— John 14:10–11