What Jesus Did! 'Authoritatively Alone!' — Matthew 22:41-46

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

So while the Pharisees were together, Jesus asked them a question. Jesus said, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" The Pharisees answered, "The Christ is the Son of David." Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, "Then why did David call him 'Lord'? David was speaking by the power of the {Holy} Spirit. David said, 'The Lord (God) said to my Lord (Christ): Sit by me at my right side, and I will put your enemies under your control.' David calls the Christ 'Lord.' So how can he be David's son?" None of the Pharisees could answer Jesus' question. And after that day no person was brave enough to ask Jesus any more questions {to try to trick him}.
— Matthew 22:41-46
Illustration of Matthew 22:41-46 — "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?"

Key Thought

After Jesus' answer on the "greatest commandment" question, we are brought back to the truth of the situation. The opponents of Jesus aren't really interested in his answer on this important matter. His answers are for us, his disciples; Jesus' opponents don't care to hear the truth of God. They are simply trying to trap him and trick him into a huge mistake. So Jesus' answer stressing the importance of love is saved for us, to help us know what our Savior holds as most important for us to do. However, Jesus has no illusions about the hostility he faces in the Pharisees, Sadducees, and teachers of the Law. He knows their plan and their purpose. But Jesus still loves them and longs to confront them with the truth. So he asks a question to baffle the hard hearted. At the same time, his question is designed to speak to the seeker in these hostile groups and ask them to look deeper into his Davidic and Messianic claims and come to his authority emanating from God. The first group, of course, is silenced and shamed at being tripped up in their own game. The latter group has a seed that is planted in their hearts that hopefully will germinate when the Spring of faith warms with hope at his resurrection.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, I know that no one is like you or worthy of the praise that is due you. I thank you, however, for showing me Jesus. One who took on human flesh and walked the world that I face. Thank you for showing me your grace and strength in the context of my world. I want to live under your authority and according to your will. Seeing you in Jesus helps me know unmistakably that your authority alone saves. Thank you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The Pharisees learned that Jesus told the Sadducees things they could not argue with. So the Pharisees met together. One Pharisee was an expert in the law {of Moses}. That Pharisee asked Jesus a question to test him. The Pharisee said, "Teacher, which command in the law is the most important?" Jesus answered, "'You must love the Lord your God. You must love him with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' This is the first and most important command. And the second command is like the first: 'You must love other people the same as you love yourself.' All of the law and the writings of the prophets take their meaning from these two commands." So while the Pharisees were together, Jesus asked them a question. Jesus said, "What do you think about the Christ ? Whose son is he?" The Pharisees answered, "The Christ is the Son of David. " Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, "Then why did David call him 'Lord'? David was speaking by the power of the {Holy} Spirit. David said, 'The Lord (God) said to my Lord (Christ): Sit by me at my right side, and I will put your enemies under your control. ' David calls the Christ 'Lord.' So how can he be David's son?" None of the Pharisees could answer Jesus' question. And after that day no person was brave enough to ask Jesus any more questions {to try to trick him}.

Matthew 22:34-46

Related Scripture Readings

The Lord said to my master, "Sit by me at my right side, while I put your enemies under your control. " The Lord will help your kingdom grow. Your kingdom will start at Zion, and {it will grow until} you rule your enemies in their own countries! Your people will volunteer when you gather your army together. They will wear their special clothes and meet together early in the morning, Those young men will be {all around you} like dew on the ground.

Psalm 110:1-3

So Jesus came to them and said, "All authority (power) in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach those people to obey everything that I have told you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of the world."

Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus went to the area of Caesarea Philippi. Jesus said to his followers, "I am the Son of Man. Who do the people say I am?" The followers answered, "Some people say you are John the Baptizer. Other people say you are Elijah. And some people say that you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets. " Then Jesus said to his followers, "And who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Matthew 16:13-16

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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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