Luke 20: Jesus is Supreme

by Bob Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Reading: Luke 20

But he said to them, "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 make your enemies your footstool.' David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?" And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation." (Luke 20:41-47)

Reflecting and Thinking
In some chapters, it is no easy task to craft devotional thoughts that reflect the content of the chapter. Luke has especially long chapters-themes are often difficult to discern. There are often subthemes and subplots, but this chapter seems pretty clear. The events of this chapter clearly declare Jesus' supremacy. Jesus has authority; he is the son of the vineyard owner in the parable. When his opponents seek to hand him over to the authority and power of the politicians, he effectively positions himself above those earthly powers as he declares their limited arena of authority. He is the teacher without equal, he is the one who stands in the lineage of David; he soundly criticizes the abuses of the teachers of the law. We may take Jesus' authority, power, and supremacy for granted, but the Bible affirms it again and again. Let us hear the Word afresh and be strengthened!

Do you think the statement that we take the supremacy of Jesus for granted is true? Why or why not? This chapter is a good example of how Scripture sometimes reinforces a basic truth by a series of narratives all pointing in the same direction. What impact do you think this series of events had on the people? on the disciples? on the Pharisees and Jewish leaders?

Thank you, Father, for your revelation. Thank you for making it possible for us to know who Jesus is. Thank you for revealing his power and majesty, his splendor and supremacy. Help us to hear and to apply your truth. In the name of the One who is truth, Amen.

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