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 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 22:41-46 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 110:1-3
  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Matthew 16:13-16


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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