Luke and The Lost
They say to avoid answering someone’s question you respond with your own question. This puts off the answer until you can understand what the other person is really asking. You also get a feel for what they already know. It also works if you really don’t want to answer because of closed minds not really listening to what you are saying. We play a lot of games when relating to others, don’t we.
Not so with Jesus. The Master teacher uses questions to bring them to greater understanding of what they know and need to learn. At this moment in our passage today, he has heard the slimy questions of the religious elite and has answered them with wisdom and accuracy of God’s Law. Now, Jesus puts a question to them that causes awkward silence. You can almost hear, “Huh?”. I’m sure those who knew the Scripture walked away thinking about his powerful question. We know the rest of the story…Jesus IS the Messiah. The religious leaders just cannot wrap their proud minds around this new knowledge so they refuse to assimilate it into their lives.
The world has a hard time assimilating who Jesus is and why He came to earth as well.
Luke 20, The Message
41-44 Then he put a question to them: “How is it that they say that the Messiah is David’s son? In the Book of Psalms, David clearly says,
God said to my Master,
“Sit here at my right hand
until I put your enemies under your feet.”
“David here designates the Messiah as ‘my Master’—so how can the Messiah also be his ‘son’?”
45-47 With everybody listening, Jesus spoke to his disciples. “Watch out for the religion scholars. They love to walk around in academic gowns, preen in the radiance of public flattery, bask in prominent positions, sit at the head table at every church function. And all the time they are exploiting the weak and helpless. The longer their prayers, the worse they get. But they’ll pay for it in the end.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Don’t allow us to get caught up in posturing for positions in Your church. Instead bring your church to humble repentance. Then help us grow and be Spiritually fruitful with generosity, gentleness, patience with each other, forgiving, kind, unconditional love like you love us, restored joy, peace no matter what storm is brewing, and most of all You living in us. You are Messiah, Lord. You are Lord of our lives.
In Jesus Name, Amen
Galatians 5:22-24 The Message (MSG)
22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
23-24 Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.