Lent – Day 40 – Jesus Questions

“Do you finally believe?” (John 16:31)

This is it. The final day of Lent. The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. And what a terrific question for us to close our fasting experience together.

Last SupperIn John 16, we find Jesus at the last Supper. It’s the night before His crucifixion, and He has delivered an extensive sermon to the disciples. Then, as He finishes speaking, His disciples blurt out: “We get it. You really know what you’re talking about, and we believe that you came from God.”

Perhaps a little incredulously, Jesus asks:

“Do you finally believe?”

Three years of close contact. Three years of watching miracles, signs, and wonders. Three years of listening to incomparable preaching. Three years of compassion and Kingdom. Three years of rebuke and encouragement. And just now the disciples “finally believe”? I don’t know whether to be horrified or encouraged.

At the Last Supper, the disciples clearly had some level of pre-belief about Jesus, or they would not have been there. But a penny dropped. And suddenly something deeper resonated within them. Their former belief gave way to something much deeper, richer, and more fully orbed.

These past 40 days of Lent have surely touched us all differently. Some of us feel invigorated by spiritual renewal; others of us have seemingly had little spiritual shift at all. Some of us have witnessed remarkable things happening by the hand of God; others of us still wait. Some of us have experienced God’s Presence in deep and abiding ways; others of us not so much.

We started Lent by affirming that our fasting would create space (not obligation) for God. We wanted to open our hearts and lives to Him through prayer and fasting over a testing length of time, without demanding how He should show up or work.

“Do you finally believe?” Jesus asked, and still asks.

“Of course,” we call back. But let’s not be too hasty.

If we believe more now than 40 days ago, we will live and love differently. We cannot claim to believe Him more deeply but engage in the world less deeply. We cannot declare our utter belief in Him, while leaving a trail of wounded and broken lives in our wake.

When we “finally believe,” we’ll realize that there’s no turning back. When we “finally believe,” the baubles of the world lose their shine. The priorities of our culture take a back-seat. Our dreams get surrendered. Our resources get offered. Our time gets re-structured. Our relationships reach deeper. Our worries grow less. Our ambition gets abandoned.

And on this Easter weekend, this last day of Lent, no better question might be asked of us than: “Do you finally believe?”

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16 Responses to Lent – Day 40 – Jesus Questions

  1. Thank you for these thought-provoking, mindfully-written Lenten messages. My thoughts were turned in new ways each day to our Savior, His loving interactions with people, and His great and sacrifice for us all.

  2. Steve Block says:

    Thanks, David, for the last 40-days. You gave me a lot to think and pray about. A verse in Romans sums it up nicely for me – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8) You and the family have a joyous Easter.

  3. Heide Costa says:

    Amen, amen David 🙏
    What a moving, powerful post for this last day of Lent… I do feel my life has transformed through these last 40 days…
    “We cannot claim to believe Him more deeply but engage in the world less deeply.”
    This sentence impacts me ~
    Thank you David for this blog which impacts me year after year.
    God bless you and your family. May His favor anoint you all to overflowing with His love ❤🙏.

  4. Steve McNally says:

    David…thank you for your extraordinary commitment to these last 40 days of questions, meditations, insight, direction, devotions and possibly some answers. YOU…have made a difference. Janice and I love you and Kim dearly and wish you a Happy Easter.
    Uncle Steve

  5. Daniel Gluck says:

    David – thank you for sharing these beautiful reflections and helping us to see new images of Christ. Happy Easter to you, Kim & family!

  6. Scott Wallace says:

    It’s been quite a journey, thanks for allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us through you, David. I love this last question and how God put it here for us at the end of the fast. Do I finally believe? I hope so, but as you say, David, that means I’m going to want to live differently. I do believe Jesus, please help my unbelief! Please transform me by the same power of the resurrection!

    • David Timms says:

      Scott, it’s always a joy to have you alongside in these Lenten seasons. And I loved that last question, too. The Lord seemed to have it all fascinatingly in hand. Blessings.

  7. Elaine says:

    Thank you so much for your commitment this Lenten Season. Your daily choice of scripture helped me to dig deeper into the Word and God’s promises. I look forward to reading what the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding you to do. Blessings to you this glorious Easter Sunday and always.

  8. Dear David,

    I just want to thank you for your gift of these qusetions and devotions over the last 40 days.

    My husband and I live in California and are friends Tim and Janet and we LOVE to keep connected with all that the Lord is doing in and through you all.

    The tomb is EMPTY and our hearts are full.

    Many blessings to you.

    With much gratitude,

    Beverly Bradley

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