The religious leaders are afraid of the people and what they think (Mark 11:32, 12:12).
But in stark contrast Jesus has this reputation “They came and said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth….” (12:14). Jesus was bold for the truth.
12:26 Jesus banks His entire argument on the tense of a word (I AM). This is big evidence for the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture. Jesus had such a high view of the reliability of Scripture that He took into account not only the accuracy of the words but the tenses of the words.
12:36 “David himself said in the Holy Spirit…” here is evidence of the Inspiration of Scripture. David wrote Psalm 110 “in the Spirit”. See also 2 Peter 1:21.
12:40 don’t be like the Scribes who do religious acts “for appearance sake” – they are like the cursed fig tree in 11:13 which has an appearance of fruit bearing but not a reality.
Chapter 13 Jesus talks about things to come and His future return. Multiple times we are told to “be on you guard” or “take heed” and “be on the alert”. A good reminder for today.
13:31 Jesus says ““Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” That’s a significant statement. Jesus words are more enduring than creation. That puts His words in the same category as Gods words “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8).