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‘And no one dared to ask him any more questions.’ (20:40) They had all tried; the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians, they had asked their very best questions but all to no avail. Questions intended to embarrass him had failed and it was the experts left embarrassed and silent. But Jesus wasn’t silent, nothing had escaped his gaze and he had questions of his own.
Jesus’ question must have made jaws drop. They were already silent after watching Jesus destroy their arguments, now it was their turn to answer and they were completely stumped. The teachers of the law had a problem. They knew the Christ would be a descendant of David;
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.” (Jeremiah 23:5)
Yet David described him as ‘my Lord’ (v42, Psalm 110:1). Jesus question is; “David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” It should not surprise us that the question Jesus chose was about himself. The eternal destiny of every person is dependent on their response to Jesus. If they had listened to Jesus, they would have known – he is the son of God and the son of man. He is human and divine. Only in Jesus could these two great truths be reconciled.
Jesus turned his attention again to his disciples with a warning. The teachers of the law must have seemed very impressive but Jesus warned his disciples not to be fooled. “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) He saw through their performance, saw that it was all an act and he saw the way they abused those who were powerless.
Jesus saw the hypocrisy of the teachers of the law but he also saw sincerity. I imagine most people would have been studying the wealthy but Jesus saw what everyone else missed – a widow giving a few coins. I can see why Jesus would love this. She gave everything she had. She was all in. It was Tuesday and it was late. On Friday morning he would be carrying his own cross. He would give everything – he was all in too.
“You deserve my ev’ry breath,
For You’ve paid the great cost.
Giving up Your life to death,
Even death on a cross.
You took all my shame away,
There defeated my sin.
Opened up the gates of heav’n,
And have beckoned me in.” (Matt Redman)