Day Three Hundred Fifiteen, Matt. 21-23, Mark 11-12, Luke 20
Today is the day of questions! Everyone seems to be coming to Him with a question, most of them trying to test Him or trap Him. But the Lord, genius as He is, always responds to their questions with yet another question.
The leaders question Jesus' authority, wanting to know, "By what authority are you doing these things?"
Jesus says He will answer that question if they will answer one for Him: "John's baptism--was it from God or from men?"
Of course they don't have an answer, so neither does Jesus.
Next some ask Him, "Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?"
Jesus responds, "Whose inscription is on the coin?"
Finally, someone who seems to be a little more sincere, asks Jesus, "What is the most important commandment?"
Jesus responds with, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself."
But then He asks them a question: "Whose son is the Christ?" When they respond that the Christ is to be a son of David, he continues, "How then is it that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him 'Lord'? For he says, 'The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.'"
Of course, they are stumped by this one. Scripture says the crowd continued listening to Jesus with delight. Also says no one else dared to ask Him any more questions.