"What do you think about the Messiah?"

Mark 12:35-37

Later, as Jesus was teaching the people in the Temple, He asked, “why do the teachers of religious law claim that the Messiah is the son of David? For David himself, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, 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 himself called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?’ The large crowd listened to Him with great delight.”

Matthew 22:41-45 says it this way…

“Then surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question, ‘What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is He?’”

The Chronological Life Application Study Bible says, “The Pharisees, Sadducees, and supporters of Herod had asked their questions.  Then Jesus turned the tables and asked them a penetrating question – who they thought the Messiah was.  The Pharisees knew that the Messiah would be a descendant of David, but they did not understand that He would be God Himself.  Jesus quoted from Psalm 110:1 to show that the Messiah would be greater than David.  The most important question we will ever answer is what we believe about Christ.  Other theological questions are irrelevant until we believe that Jesus is Who He said He is.”

“Many people have a vague belief in God but refuse to accept Jesus as anything more than a great human teacher.  But the Bible does not allow that option.  Both the Old Testament and New Testament proclaim the deity of the One Who came to save and to reign.  Jesus explained that this psalm spoke of the Messiah as greater than David, Israel’s greatest king.  Peter uses this psalm to show that Jesus, the Messiah, sits at God’s right hand and is Lord over all.  You can’t straddle the fence, calling Jesus ‘just a good teacher, because the Bible clearly calls Him Lord.”

The Scholars, Pharisees, Sadducees, were masters of debate.  They had compiled over 613 laws to follow.  Yet, the Son of God, David’s son and David’s Lord stood right before them and they did not recognize Him.  All of their rules and laws and knowledge and “expertise” did them no good if they couldn’t answer for themselves Who Jesus was.

“What do you think about the Messiah?  Whose son is He?” Jesus asked them.

“What do you think about the Messiah?  Whose son is He?”  Jesus asks us today, March 12, 2015.

How will I answer?  How will you answer?   Do you know Who He is?