Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question:“What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They replied, “He is the son of David.” Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord’? For David said, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?” No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions. – Mathew 22:41-46 (NLT)
Jesus shows from Psalm 110:1 (a text that the Jews in Jesus’ day put a lot of emphasis on based on the number of times it is quoted in the New Testament) that the Messiah is more than a descendant of David. Jesus uses the psalm written by David which proclaims the Messiah to be David’s Lord. In a society that elevated the older generations including ancestors, this psalm shows the uniqueness of the Messiah. He was a descendant of David but was also someone David considered to be greater than himself. Jesus challenged the religious thoughts of the day about who the Messiah was by quoting this verse. The Messiah would be greater than the revered second king of Israel. Even after Jesus showed himself to be the Messiah as both fully human and fully God, people still get the wrong idea about him. People challenge Jesus’ bodily form saying he was only a spiritual being that somehow manifested or looked like a normal human or that Jesus wasn’t divine at all (he was simply a good teacher).
Who do you say Jesus is? You have now finished two chapters from the last week of Jesus’ life, has anything changed about who you think Jesus is? Has Jesus surprised you in any way? What is a concept about Jesus you need to ponder more?