In Matthew 22:42-46, Jesus asked the Pharisees, “What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?’ And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.”
That’s a good question. What do you think of Christ? I want you to answer that question. Do you think little of him? Do you dislike Jesus? Do you love Jesus? Do you even know him? Jesus asks the all-important question and the answer concerns the destiny of your soul. The Jewish leaders tried to entrap the Lord with questions designed to prove he was either a false teacher or to get him arrested. They utterly failed. Jesus showed himself to be the impeccable Christ and defeated his enemies. Now it’s his turn to ask the questions.
When Jesus asked, “What think ye of Christ, whose son is he?” They answered, “the son of David.” How is that considering Psalm 110:1? David had no one on earth above him. He was king, and only God was higher. Even in his death, no earthly king surpassed him. David was the standard by which all the kings were judged. A good king was said to walk after David. Every king of Judah after him was an heir. These men followed David, sat on David’s throne, walked in David’s ways, were called the sons of David, ruling in the city of David (1 Kings 2:12; 2 Kings 22:2; 2 Chronicles 24:16). The kings of Judah were all sovereigns, but still walked in David’s shadow. How is it then, David called his heir, his son, Lord? “The LORD said unto my Lord”. Jesus said, David, moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke the inspired Word of God, called one of his heirs “my Lord”. The only way that is possible, is if the LORD was his Lord. The Messiah is the son of David, but is also David’s Lord because the Christ is both the son of David, and the son of God. He is truly man, and truly God.
The Pharisees had no answer, realized they were defeated, and left with no more questions. The best of the best thought about what Jesus said, and couldn’t, rather they wouldn’t answer him. Their only option was to either say the inspired word of Psalm 110 was not true or admit that Jesus was correct. And, to confess Jesus right, they must bow, trust in Him as their Saviour, Lord, and Christ. But, they didn’t answer him and walked away. I hope you don’t act like the Pharisees and read the truth of who Christ is and then walk away, heart hardened, not repenting and trusting in him.