Luke 20:41-21:4, The Question that Evokes Hubris or Humility

The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Luke 20:41-21:4. At first glance, it seems to contain three unrelated mini-stories of the events that occurred during Christ’s Passion Week. Upon closer examination, they are related. The religious leaders had been questioning Jesus, attempting to entrap him so that they could condemn him. In Luke 20:41-44, Jesus countered with a question of his own based on David’s words in Psalm 110. He exposed their failure to understand and believe the Scriptures which resulted in their refusal to follow him. Instead, their behavior revealed their one true commitment: self-interest (20:45-47). In contrast, Jesus pointed out the selfless devotion of a poor widow as the perfect example of the faithfulness he desires.