Whose Son is Jesus? He is a descendant of King David, so He could be called a son of David. He is also the second person of the Trinity, the Son of God. Jesus is both human and Devine. He is God with us to rescue us from sin and death, to give us forgiveness and life. He makes us sons and daughters of God through the gift of faith.
Alive! Jesus is alive. He defeated sin and death on the cross and by His resurrection. Jesus is the God of the living. Even after our bodies die, we are alive in Christ. He has defeated sin and death forever. His victory is ours through the gift of faith.
The Sadducees were another group in Israel. They did not believe in the resurrection. So they tried to trap Jesus with a trick question. But Jesus set the record straight and told them life would be different after the resurrection. The important thing is that there will be a resurrection to eternal life for those who believe in Jesus.
I am not a fan of paying taxes, although I pay them. I don’t know anyone who is a fan of taxes. When the religious leaders tried to trap Jesus with a question about paying taxes, He said give Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. The government gets it’s power from God and should never try to step into or control the faith and life God calls us to.
Jesus’s story about the landlord and the tenant farmers is a story about the people of Israel who rejected the Prophets. The religious leaders were plotting to kill Jesus at the time. Jesus told the story as a prediction, a warning and a call to repent or face judgment. The religious leaders knew the story was about them, but refused to repent. We can’t make the same mistake, can we?
When Jesus asked the religious leaders about the authority of John the Baptist, they refused to answer. They didn’t want to acknowledge John as a Prophet of the Lord and didn’t want to get the people upset with them. They wanted to ride the fence without having their authority challenged. But Jesus did by refusing to answer their question because they wouldn’t answer his. No one can be neutral about Jesus. It doesn’t work. He is either God’s Son and the Promised Savior or He is a liar and false prophet. There is no middle ground.
We live in a world full of “authorities” on just about everything. People don’t like to have their authority questioned. Jesus had challenged the religious authorities of His day because they had twisted the religion of Israel out of shape. Jesus came in the authority of God the Father to restore the faith and the people back into a right relationship with God.
Jesus teaches out in the open. The religious authorities plot in secret. Jesus wants to give hope and life to all. The authorities hope they can arrest Jesus without stirring up a riot and sentence Him to death. What a contrast! Two different kingdoms, God’s and man’s, we’re about to collide. Jesus would die on the cross to open God’s kingdom to everyone.
Who’s House is it? The religious authorities had turned the outer court of the Temple into a market place, a house for corrupt business. Jesus called the Temple God’s House, a place of prayer. So Jesus took action to restore the Temple as God’s House!
After Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, He shed tears of sorrow for the people of Jerusalem who rejected Him. He cried because the city would be destroyed and lives would be lost with so many people not believing or receiving God’s gift of peace in Christ. There is joy when one person represents and tears when another doesn’t.