Recently, I read his book God Came Near after I postponed reading it for almost 5 months since its random roadside purchase.
In essence, the book talks about God’s effort to reach to out to fallen race. Max Lucado brings beautiful analogies from his own life as well uses various Bible illustrations to show that God sacrificing His only Son was not a mistake but an act of love.
Max is undoubtedly a wonderful storyteller (and my personal opinion, a bit of a romantic). One of the shortest chapters in the book is 25 Questions for Mary. Did you ever wonder what Jesus was like growing up? Well, I am sure you would agree with that the best person to interview would be His mum, Mary.
Here are some questions that Max (and I) would have loved to her:
What was it like watching Him pray?
How did He respond when He saw other kids giggling during the service at the synagogue?
When He saw a rainbow, did He ever mention a flood?
Did you ever feel awkward teaching Him how He created the world?
When He saw a lamb being led to slaughter, did He act differently?
Did you ever see Him with a distant look on His face as if He were listening to someone you couldn’t hear?
How did He act at funerals?
Did the thought ever occur to you that God to whom you were praying was asleep under your own roof?
Did you ever try to count the stars with Him…and succeed?
Did He ever come home with a black eye?
How did He act when he got His first haircut?
Did he have any friends by the name of Judas?
Did He do well in school?
Did you ever scold Him?
Did you ever have to ask a question about Scripture?
What do you think He thought when he saw a prostitute offering to the highest bidder the body He made?
Did He ever get angry when he someone was dishonest with Him?
Did you ever catch Him pensively looking at the flesh on His own arm while holding a clod of dirt?
Did He ever wake up afraid?
Who was His best friend?
When someone referred to Satan, How did He react?
Did you ever accidentally call him Father?
What did He and His cousin John talk about as kids?
Did His other brothers and sisters understand what was happening?
Did you ever think, That’s God eating my soup?
After reading Francine Rivers’ books and this one, it dawned on me that I have treated Bible characters in a very abstract way. Yes, guilty as charged: I am a Christian. I also believe that Jesus was fully God and fully man. That’s a blog post for another day.
If you had the chance to interview Mary or Joseph about raising Jesus, what would would you ask?