This morning, we look at the last verses of Luke 20 (Luke’s Easter)
Luke 20 v 41 – 47
Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”
While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
This passage finishes with Jesus warning the disciples about the attitudes of the religious leaders that we have seen throughout this passage. They were more interested in their own standing than worshipping Christ and helping the needy.
In this passage Jesus also quotes from Psalm 110 which talks about the victory Christ won over the devil when He gave His life on the cross and conquered death.
Though only seven short verses, Psalm 110 is the most quoted of all the Old Testament Psalms. The God we praise in this Psalm is a God who, in Jesus Christ, will bring all His purposes to pass. He will redeem His own, He will judge the wicked of the world and He will establish the endless Kingdom of God.
And we are on His side – I am reminded of that great Hymn, “Who is on the Lord’s Side”
Fierce may be the conflict, Strong may be the foe, But the King’s own army None can overthrow. Round His standard ranging Victory is secure, For His truth unchanging Makes the triumph sure.