Experiencing Christ

Christ is the Question of Questions

Luke 20:40  For they no longer dared to question Him about anything.  (41) And He said to them, How is it that they say that the Christ is David’s son?  (42) For David himself says in the book of Psalms, “The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand,  (43) Until I place Your enemies as a footstool for Your feet.”  (44) David therefore calls Him Lord, and how is He his son?

In 20:1-38 the Lord was surrounded by the chief priests, elders, Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees, who tried to ensnare Him by asking crafty questions. First, the chief priests, scribes, and elders, representing the authority of the Jewish religion and the authority of the Jewish people asked Him concerning His authority (v. 2). This was a question according to their religious concept. Second, the fundamental Pharisees and political Herodians asked Him a question related to politics. Third, the Sadducees questioned Him concerning the resurrection. After answering all their questions wisely, the Lord asked them a question concerning Christ. This is the question of questions. Their questions were related to religion, politics, and belief. His question was concerning Christ, who is the center of all things. They knew religion, politics, and belief, but they paid no attention to Christ.
In verses 41 through 44 the Lord said to His examiners, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, until I place Your enemies as a footstool for Your feet. David therefore calls Him Lord, and how is He his son?” As God in His divinity, Christ is the Lord of David. As man in His humanity, He is the Son of David. His examiners had only half the scriptural knowledge concerning Christ’s Person, that He was the Son of David according to His humanity. They did not have the other half, concerning Christ’s divinity as the Son of God. The Lord’s intention in 20:41-44 was to help His examiners to see that the One they were questioning was actually the Lord.

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