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Didn’t Jesus always seem to have exactly what he needed for the occasion when people laid traps for him? In Luke 20:20-26, the people marveled as His answer to those who desired to trap Him in His answer to a question that was loaded with trouble. “Why is it that I can’t be as effective as Jesus!” we express ourselves in frustration. A couple of things to remember that might help us. First, Jesus was God and God is never flat-footed. Second, with regard to us, it is by experience that we learn what and how to say what needs to be spoken. Perhaps there is a third point to add to this: just as it is with us, it was with the Lord also—people did not always accept the answer given (Luke 11:53-54).

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