Monday, June 11: No one dared to ask him any more questions
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 22:41-46
While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, "What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?"
"The son of David," they replied.
He said to them, "How is it then 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."'
If then David calls him 'Lord,' how can he be his son?" No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Jesus essentially uses a riddle—a true riddle—to confound his incessant, clownish detractors. Now exposed as fools, they finally fold up their tent and shut down their impertinent circus of supposedly trick questions, which they'd wrongly believed would make Jesus look like the foolish one. How often have you—like these Pharisees—had the experience of thinking you understood something about Jesus, only to realize later that you'd fooled yourself, that your view was inaccurate or at least too limited?
Be very careful not to build a box around Jesus. Anytime we think we have Jesus all figured out is also a moment when we should realize that we must be deceiving ourselves. Jesus is bigger than we can imagine. He does call us to know him, and with the illumination he provides, we can and must. But there's more to Jesus than any one of us could come to know in a lifetime.