Matthew 22:41-46 / Mark 12:35-37 / Luke 20:41-44…
In His back and forth with the religious leaders, Jesus had answered the big questions about our responsibility to government (Matthew 22:15-22), life after death (Matthew 22:23-33), and our most important duty (Matthew 22:34-40).
Now He would add a question to that mix, and it is the most profound of them all. The right answer to this question is the difference between heaven and hell. No matter what you are going through today, or any day, the most important issue in your life is your answer to His question. What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?
They said to him, "The son of David." It had been taught for hundreds of years that the Messiah would be the son of David, in other words, a descendent from his physical line (2 Samuel 7:13 / Isaiah 7:13-14, 9:6-7, 11:1-4 / Jeremiah 23:5-6 / Ezekiel 34:23-24 / Amos 9:11 / Matthew 1:1, 21:9 / Luke 1:69-70 / John 7:41-42 / Acts 13:22-23). He would be the God appointed ruler who would stop the enemies of God’s people and establish justice and righteousness in the land.
Their answer was obvious, but it was only half right, and a half right answer isn’t enough for the most important question of life. They thought of Him as a human warrior rather than a divine Savior. Jesus was telling them that He would be much more than that. They thought all they needed was a king who would lead them out of captivity. They didn’t realize that the real bondage they needed delivery from was sin.
Jesus penetrates deeper into who He really is with His next question. If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son? If the Christ is who you say He is, then why does the Word of God say what it says (Psalm 110:1)? Jesus was saying that King David was calling the Messiah Lord (cf. Acts 2:34-35 / 1 Corinthians 15:25 / Hebrews 1:13). He is asserting the deity of the Christ.
Have you considered the ramifications of the deity of Jesus? Apart from it there is no hope of salvation. No matter what your problems are, in the end, Jesus is the answer to everything. The silence of the Pharisees didn’t hide their guilt. Everyone has to answer the most important question in the world.