Others Higher, Self Lower

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“And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.”Matthew 22:46

The religious elites (Scribes, Sadducees, Pharisees) were coming to Jesus asking Him questions that were designed to make Him and His beliefs look foolish. They even brought their best and brightest lawyer. Jesus answers them in astonishing ways and the traps that were designed for Him were actually turned around on those trying to trap Him. In fact, he refuted their questions so well, it tells us that they stopped trying. At this point they realized they could not use their knowledge anymore. They would now have to use another method on Him…violence!

This is much like the world today. They make fun of Christianity and wonder how we can believe these “made up stories”.  And when they cannot figure it out and cannot trap us, many turn to violence to try and shut us up.

When we read these verses we may be thinking, “awesome Jesus! Shut those fools up!” Many times we get inspired to do the same yet we begin to do it with the wrong heart. We have to remember what else Jesus said in this chapter. When we read verses 37 through 40 it talks about loving God and loving others, and it changes our entire attitude if we apply it to our lives.

One commentator writes, “we should frequently ponder the words, ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ We should think of how very much we do love ourselves, of how much our activity centers around the care and comfort of self. Then we should try to imagine what it would be like if we showered that love on our neighbors. Then we should do it.”

The religious leaders were Jesus’ “neighbors”. Do you think He loved them? He absolutely did! Do you think they were easy to love? I’m sure they were not. Anyone in your life like that? What would happen if we practiced Jesus’ kind of love towards them today?

 

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