Maybe this marks me out as a shallow human being, but one of the things that I most enjoy about the gospel accounts of the Lord’s ministry is the rhetorical brilliance with which He dazzled His opponents. I went to a Top 15 law school back in the day, so I’ve spent some time with people who are good with words, but I’ve never met anybody as quick-witted as Jesus was.
For instance, the story of Matthew 22:15-22 leaves me in awe. I couldn’t have come up with such a crushing reply if you gave me 10 years, but Jesus did so instantaneously. His enemies were subtle, intelligent people (just look at the way they manipulate Pilate in John 19:1-16), but Jesus repeatedly made them look stupid. He truly had a superhuman intellect! Continue reading