The attacks were incessant; the chief priests and scribes were ever equipped with their confrontations, deceptions and scheming. But Jesus was ready; He was always ready.
Three times in this short passage of Scripture, the chief priests and scribes challenged Jesus, hoping to somehow trap Him, to invalidate Him. But Jesus was never caught off guard; He was always ready with His Defense, the Word of God.
Consider His Defense
When the religious leaders confronted His Authority, His Defense was the Word of God.
On one of the days while He was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders confronted Him, 2 and they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?” 9 And He began to tell the people this parable: …14 “But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard it, they said, “May it never be!” 17 But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:
‘The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the chief corner stone’?” (20:1-2,9,14-17).
When the religious leaders denied the Resurrection, His Defense was the Word of God.
“But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.” (20:37-38).
When the religious leaders rejected His Deity, His Defense was the Word of God.
Then He said to them, “How is it that they say the Christ is David’s son? 42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms,
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
43 Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’
44 Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord,’ and how is He his son?” (20:41-44).
How do we respond to His Defense?
Let us follow His example. Jesus quoted Scripture. When Truth was confronted, denied or rejected, His Defense was the Word of God.
Let us worry less about what we must say and depend more on what His Word can accomplish in the heart of man.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart, (Hebrews 4:12).
Let us follow His example, as we depend on Him as Lord, that we be ready with His Defense, the Word of God.
…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; (1 Peter 3:15).