Being Examined by His Ignorant Creatures
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him, yet the world did not know Him. (11) He came to His own, yet those who were His own did not receive Him. 1 Pet 1:18 Knowing that it was not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, that you were redeemed… (19) But with precious blood, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot, the blood of Christ; (20) Who was foreknown before the foundation of the world but has been manifested in the last of times for your sake.
We need to realize that the One being examined here [in Luke 20] was the God-man. Yes, in that situation the Man-Savior was a man, but He was also God. This means that as God He was surrounded by opposers who were examining Him. How blind, foolish, and ignorant they were! They did not realize that the One they were examining was God Himself. If we have this
understanding, we shall see what patience the God-man exercised when He was examined by the chief priests, scribes, elders, Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees. Although He was frank, straightforward, and wise, He was not angry with them. He was God, but He was willing to be examined by His creatures. After being questioned by His examiners, He tried to help them. His creatures, to realize that He was both man and God, both a human son and the Lord God. His question concerning Christ silenced them. Luke 20:40 –
The One examined here was the God-man as the Passover Lamb. As such a One, the Lord had a triple status—the status of God, man, and the Passover Lamb. He was the Lamb ordained by God and provided by Him for both the Jewish family and the Gentile family. He was the unique Lamb ordained from the foundation of the world. Hence, He was examined not only by the Pharisees, the religious party, but also by the Herodians, the political party. Furthermore, before He died, He was tried not only by the Jewish Sanhedrin, but also by Pilate, the Roman governor, and by Herod, the king. This means that the Passover Lamb was examined by both Jews and Gentiles.
As the God-man, the Lord Jesus is unique. He has both the divine essence and the human essence. The divine essence is in His humanity. God is actually an essential element of the Lord’s being. Hence, as the Passover Lamb, He was composed essentially of two elements–the divine element and the human element. As the One who is both human and divine, He is the God-man.