Today’s Reading: Luke 20:1-26 (additional reading: Psalm 89:1-13 & Proverbs 13:15-16)
We are approaching a section in Luke when the enemies of Jesus are going to ask Him three strange questions. These questions were intended to force Jesus to incriminate Himself. They are bad questions, but Jesus gives good answers.
Sometimes questions can be absurd, even stupid. There’s a collection of funny questions lawyers have actually asked people under oath. Here are actual questions taken from court records:
- “Now, doctor isn’t it true that when a person dies in their sleep they don’t know about it until the next morning?”
- “The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?”
- “Was it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war?”
- “Were you present when your picture was taken?”
- “How far apart were the vehicles when they collided?”
Today we are going to examine one of the bad questions asked by the enemies of Jesus. He gives such good answers that by the 40th verse of Chapter 20 we read, “no one dared to ask him any more questions.”
The first one beginning in 20:1-8: Hostility is often expressed in a question asked in public. Someone is angry and they ask a question not to obtain the information, but to discredit the one being questioned. These religious leaders wanted to publicly embarrass Jesus so they challenged His authority. They were demanding, “Who do you think you are, anyway?” Or like the kids sometimes phrase it, “Who died and made you God?” Jesus could have responded directly, instead, He answered with a question of His own.
Jesus was basically saying, “The answer to my question is the same as the answer to your question.” If John was from God, then that would verify Jesus came from God.
There’s a standard everyone uses to determine what is truth or error and your basis for truth is either man’s wisdom or God’s Word. The Bible calls man’s wisdom the “wisdom of this world.” I think every person should study, learn, and get as much education as you can–and you should never stop learning. But empirical knowledge and scientific facts will never change your life. There’s a fundamental distinction between facts and truth. 2+2=4 is a fact, but it won’t change your life. “Jesus is Lord” is truth that can change your life and your eternity.