Jesus - A Man of Questions and Answers

Jesus - A Man of Questions and Answers

Luke 20:41-47

41 Then Jesus presented them with a question. “Why is it,” he asked, “that the Messiah is said to be the son of David? 42 For David himself wrote in the book of Psalms:

‘The Lord said to my Lord,

Sit in the place of honor at my right hand

43 until I humble your enemies,

making them a footstool under your feet.’

44 Since David called the Messiah ‘Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?”

45 Then, with the crowds listening, he turned to his disciples and said, 46 “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. 47 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be severely punished.”

Luke 22:1-6

1 The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching. 2 The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction.

3 Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, 4 and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. 5 They were delighted, and they promised to give him money. 6 So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around.

Central Truth

Jesus asked a lot of questions throughout his ministry. He wasn’t looking for answers. He was guiding us to the truth.


S. Lewis Johnson calls Tuesday of Passion week the “Day of Questions.”  It’s the day of questions because, in response to our Lord’s cleansing of the temple (19:45-48), Jesus’ opponents ask Him a series of questions in order to catch Him saying something inappropriate so that they can have Him arrested (20:20).  After masterfully answering all of their questions, no one dared to ask Him any more (20:40). 

In response to this, Jesus asked His opponents a question regarding why David calls his son, “Lord” (Adonai; Messiah).  No answer is offered by Jesus’ opponents so He answers His own question.  He does so by quoting from Psalm 110, the most frequently quoted messianic psalm by the authors of the New Testament and the text that undergirds the entire Epistle to the Hebrews.  This is the psalm that predicts that a descendent of David will function as both priest and king – after the order of Melchizedek (cf. Gen. 14:18-20).  The answer to Jesus’s question from Psalm 110 is that Jesus is more than David’s son; He is also David’s Lord, who sits at the right hand of Yahweh, the place of honor.  Jesus the Messiah is “the son of David” (2 Sam. 7:12-14; Psalm 89:4; Isaiah 11:1, 10; Rom. 1:3-4) and will one day sit on David’s throne, but He is also David’s Lord.  Later, Jesus will allude to Psalm 110:1 again when He says, “But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God” (22:69). 

This text challenges us to reflect on the Person of Jesus and His role in our lives. As one who is both Son of David and his Lord, He should be honored with an allegiance that is worthy of a king. The full implication of Psalm 110 is that Jesus will function as the messianic priest-king .As priest, He offered His sinless body on Calvary’s cross to pay the price for our redemption. For that, He deserves our worship. As king, Jesus is the “Head” of the church (Eph. 1:22; Rev. 2-3) and Lord over every aspect of our personal lives. For that, He deserves our obedience. As followers of our risen Lord, there should not be any discrepancy between the way we behave when we are in church and the way we behave when we are at work, school, or in the community. Does your lifestyle and priorities reflect that Jesus is your Lord?

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