Whose Son Is the Messiah?
35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David? 36 David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ 37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with delight.
Jesus asks the question in this passage and it is asked to bring better understanding to who he is as the Messiah. Some of them have taken the scripture to say that the Messiah is simply David’s son – a descendant of David, but Jesus refutes that saying that David himself called him “Lord.”
Twenty one centuries later we are still discussing – arguing – figuring out who he is.
Like the man earlier in the gospel who came to Jesus telling him, “”I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief,” we come to you asking that you make Jesus known to us for who he really is. As we journey through this life may we know him in the calm and in the storms of life, this stranger of Galilee, your son, our dearest friend. We pray in His name. Amen.