Sunday, August 28, 2016

Luke 20:41-44

Luke 20:41-44
And he said to them, “How do they say that the Christ is to be the son of David?  For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my lord, sit at my right hand until I should put your enemies as a footstool of your feet.’  Therefore, David calls him lord.  And how is he his son?”

Thoughts for Today

First Thought:

Taking the opportunity to teach the people, Jesus poses His own question.  There is really a neat dynamic at play.  Remember that the Pharisees and Sadducees had each posed a question to Him.  Now it is Jesus’ turn to pose His own question. It is only fair play.  However, notice that while the Pharisees and Sadducees asked their questions about the right way to live, Jesus’ question takes the people back to the Word of God.  The Pharisees and the Sadducees are looking to be right.  Jesus is looking to draw people into the Word of God.

How does a good teacher draw you into God’s Word?  Have you ever known a teacher that was more interested in their own teaching and glory than in God’s Word?

Second Thought:

As we look at Jesus’ question, what we can see is that Jesus wants us to focus on what the Bible tells us about the Son of God.  First, we know that He will be human.  He will be a son of David.  He will be flesh and bone.  This is not anything that would have surprised His listeners.  They were waiting for God’s Messiah to come and free them from the oppression of the Romans.  This opening comment from Jesus would have affirmed that Jesus was about to teach what they already knew and believed.

Why is it important that God’s Messiah was flesh and bone?  When you think about God’s plan, are you surprised that He would come to live and dwell among us?

Third Thought:

However, Jesus quickly points to the other side of the identity of the Messiah.  Jesus reminds us that David calls the Messiah Lord.  In other words, the Messiah is more than flesh and bone.  The Messiah is Lord.  How is it that Jesus can be both a flesh and bone person and also a Lord?  The only way that this can happen is if He is both fully human and fully divine.

Do you understand the fact that Jesus was both fully human and fully divine?  Why is this important to try to understand?

Passage for Tomorrow: Luke 20:45-47
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