What Jesus Did! 'David's Son' — Luke 20:41-44

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Then Jesus said, "Why do people say that the Christ is the Son of David? In the book of Psalms, David himself says: 'The Lord (God) said to my Lord (Christ): Sit by me at my right side, and I will put your enemies under your power.' David calls the Christ 'Lord.' But the Christ is also the son of David. How can both these things be true?"
— Luke 20:41-44
Illustration of Luke 20:41-44 — "Why do people say that the Christ is the Son of David?"

Key Thought

As Jesus' opponents repeatedly tried to "trip him up" with their religious questioning, Jesus turns the tables on them and asks them a question. As a descendant of King David, Jesus could claim to be David's son. But, as Jesus points out using their own means of interpretation, David also calls the Messiah his LORD! How can this be so? Of course Jesus is not only taking part in religious banter, he is also trying to jolt them out of their steadfast desire to get rid of him and open their eyes to see who it is that chooses to walk among them—Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of David, and the Son of God.

Today's Prayer

Father, I do believe that Jesus is my LORD, my Messiah and Christ, my Savior, and my King. Forgive me for not living out that faith with more passion and more character. Empower me with your Spirit to become more like him each day. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

One day Jesus was in the temple area. He was teaching the people. Jesus told the people the Good News {about the kingdom of God}. The leading priests, teachers of the law, and older Jewish leaders came to talk to Jesus. They said, "Tell us! What authority do you have to do these things? Who gave you this authority?" Jesus answered, "I will ask you a question too. Tell me: When John baptized people, did that come from God or was it only from other people?" Then Jesus said, "Why do people say that the Christ is the Son of David ? In the book of Psalms, David himself says: 'The Lord (God) said to my Lord (Christ): Sit by me at my right side, and I will put your enemies under your power. ' David calls the Christ 'Lord.' But the Christ is also the son of David. How can both these things be true?" All the people listened to Jesus. Jesus said to his followers, "Be careful of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around wearing clothes that look important. And they love for people to show respect to them in the market places. They love to get the most important seats in the synagogues. And they love to get the most important seats at the feasts. But they are mean to widows and steal their homes. Then they try to make themselves look good by saying long prayers. God will punish these people very much."

Luke 20:41-47; 21:1-4

Related Scripture Readings

"My Jewish brothers, listen to these words: Jesus from Nazareth was a very special man. God clearly showed this to you. God proved this by the powerful and amazing things he did through Jesus. You all saw these things. So you know this is true. Jesus was given to you, and you killed him. With the help of bad men you nailed Jesus to a cross. But God knew all this would happen. This was God's plan. God made this plan long ago. Jesus suffered the pain of death, but God made him free. God raised Jesus from death. Death could not hold Jesus. David knew this before it happened. That is why David said this about that person: 'He was not left in the place of death. His body did not rot in the grave.' David was talking about the Christ rising from death. So Jesus is the One God raised from death, {not David}! We are all witnesses of this. We saw him! Jesus was lifted up to heaven. Now Jesus is with God, at God's right side. The Father (God) has now given the Holy Spirit to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is what God promised to give. So now Jesus is pouring out (giving) that Spirit. This is what you see and hear.

Acts 2:22-24, 31-33

God has spoken to the Jewish people. God sent them the Good News that peace has come through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Lord (Ruler) of all people!

Acts 10:36

That is why Christ died and rose from death to live again. Christ did this so that he could be Lord (ruler) over people that have died and people that are living.

Romans 14:9

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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