Part of a famous song I remember from my childhood went like this: ‘I can do what you can do, but you can’t do what I can do, I am the toughest‘. I can’t recall all of the song, just this little bit, which has remained with me. Using this definition, let’s walk through this story about Jesus from Matthew 22:34-46 (NLT) (shortened):
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together… to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart… A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law… are based on these two commandments.”
Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question: “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They replied, “He is the son of David.” Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord’… how can the Messiah be his son?” No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Conversations between Jesus and the political-religious leaders of Israel (Sadducees and Pharisees) were a wrestling match. In the gospels, these leaders often tested Jesus with tough questions, which he answered perfectly; but when he questioned them, they would answer wrongly or get all confused and shut up.
Jesus was too much for the Sadducees and Pharisees to handle – he was the toughest. Resolve to get to know this Jesus of the Bible a little more in 2019; not just his healing and miracles, but his conversations and teachings also.
Happy New Year 2019 – may all your needs be met, in Jesus name, Amen!