Man and God .. Holy Week Thoughts for Today ..
Read | Matthew 22:41-46
The Pharisees hated that so many people believed the man standing before them was the Messiah. This Galilean commoner had no pedigree. Sure, he might astound people with inexplicable wisdom, but surely he was not the returning king – for what would that make them?
Not only did they have the wrong answer; they asked the wrong question. – They thought Jesus Christ’s rise to prominence merely raised the possibility that He was the long-awaited Messiah. But Christ pointed them to a deeper truth, on which depended the salvation of all men and women .. “What do you think about the Christ,” He asked them. “Whose son is He?” (Matt. 22:42)
They knew the answer, just as they knew the rumors about this distant descendant of David. But David had many descendants. The Christ would be, they replied, “the son of David.” “Then how,” Christ asked, “does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying, ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet'”?” (vv. 43-44) .. He referred to Psalm 110, in which the Holy Spirit speaks through David to illuminate Christ’s divinity. The Pharisees thought this debate was about whether Christ was the Messiah. In an instant, Christ raised the stakes.
Just like all of us who are stubborn .. yet we try to be clever – We also recognized the implication of His question.
Christ was pointing them, and us, to the startling truth that He alone is King of kings, and Lord of Lords – He is Savior, and He is God who took on the flesh of mankind and bore it sinlessly .. even into death on The Cross – and raised to life eternal, thereby breaking the hold of sin and death over all men for all times. God became man so that man might return to God .. and Jesus was that one and only “sacrifice” that made it possible – This upends the world, even to this very day.
God, we pray that you will forgive us even today – as we are likewise silent. Christ is the risen God. Share it to your world today!