The scribes who have tried to trap Jesus since the beginning of His earthly ministry have been silenced and dare not ask any more questions. The Teacher now turns the tables and questions the students to expose their ignorance of the Scriptures. The He exposes their hypocrisy and evil deeds. Jesus promises that the religious system of that day will crumble and be destroyed as He is going to the cross in a few days, to set the captives free!
The Greatest Commandment is not meant to inspire us, it’s meant to crush us. In this, we’re reminded that only Jesus can fulfill the law of God’s commands and that the only way to live as God intended us to is through God’s Spirit alive in us!
The ultimate answer to LIFE now and forever more is not found in being right, doing right or even being convinced of the right thing. No, REAL and ETERNAL LIFE along with TRUE and LIVING HOPE is found in the RESSURECTED LIFE OF JESUS. The empty tomb verifies all of Jesus’ teachings and His ultimate authority regarding life and death.
Religious leaders try to trap Jesus with a public question. Jesus demonstrates that he holds all knowledge. He also shows that he is focused on His Father and not on the religious or political standard.
We must embrace the reality that even as Christians, we are susceptible to the deceit of sin in our daily lives and consequently prone to spiritual blindness. Spiritual blindness leads to narcissism, self-reliance, isolation and a false gospel, none of which have the power to save.
Forgiveness embodies the very nature and character of God, therefore when a person has been truly saved, rescued, redeemed and restored through their forgiveness of sin and new life in Christ, they will have a desire and God-given ability to forgive others.
The Triumphant Entrance, The Temple and The Tree: The only way to get all we long for, desire and crave is to identify, turn over, curse, abandon and leave for dead all other fruitless and incomplete ways and trust in another way.
Jesus is On Mission to the cross. He has a following which is customary for teachers. Those following Jesus were so focused on learning they were quick to tell outsiders to “SHUT UP” so that they could hear Jesus better for their own selfish goals. Rather if they were aligned with the God-Man-Jesus they would care about what he cares about first; other people. Bringing other people into relationship with HIMSELF (His Bride) was Jesus legacy and the great commission he gave the church leaders after his ascension.
In order to be great you must become least. A servant of all to all. The position of the greatest in the kingdom has been filled by Jesus. He lived to serve, not to be served. The goal as disciples is not to be GREAT but to emulate Jesus the great in being a servant of all to all.
Jesus came not to be served, but to die. He was born to die. He came to give his life as a ransom for many.