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 NLT
Illustration of Luke 20:41-44 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 2:22-24, 31-33
  • Acts 10:36
  • Romans 14:9


About This Devotional

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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