“What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is He?” (Matthew 22:42)
Ultimately, this is THE million dollar question. Nothing else matters as much. What we decide about Christ (the Greek word equivalent for the Hebrew word messiah) makes all the difference; a daily difference and an eternal difference.
In Matthew 22, Jesus pops a follow-up question. “Whose son is He?” The Pharisees replied, “The son of David.” What a huge statement!
In the New Testament, Jesus typically identifies Himself as “Son of Man;” likely a reference to the messianic deliverer in Daniel 7:13 (not a comment about His humanity). In some places He is the “Son of God;” likely a reference to the King who is described as such in Psalm 2:7 (not a comment about His divinity). But here He is the “Son of David;” surely another coded reference to royalty.
Collectively, these “Son of …” statements paint the picture of a powerful, ruling King. Is that how we think of Jesus?
Many of us would think of Him in different ways at different times. We may consider Him to be a Teacher, a Savior, a Comforter, a Redeemer, a Provider, or a Deliverer. We tend to connect Jesus with the Cross. We remember His death and burial for us and in our place.
But the messianic figure in the Bible carried greater weight than simply Teacher or Savior. The “anointed One” (the literal meaning of messiah) reminded God’s people of the ultimate prophet, priest, and (yes) King; the anointed ones under the old covenant.
What do you think about the Messiah?
There’s a common thread in all of this; Son of Man, Son of God, Son of David, anointed One. This Person is a supreme figure: King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is no soft soul; no gentle lamb; no reluctant leader. To the absolute contrary: All authority has been given to Him in heaven and on earth. In His resurrection, God “raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion” (Ephesians 1:20-21).
“What do you think about the Messiah?
What would it mean for us to yield more fully to Christ as our King today? How would we live differently today, if we felt sure that He has (right now) all authority and power in the cosmos? Would it make a difference to our choices (and our stress levels), if we saw Him as our King and not simply our spiritual Guide?
Perhaps today would be a great day to pray … that we might grasp His greatness, trust His goodness, and yield more fully to His authority. Something worth pondering.