The Question that Matters
Reading: Luke 20:41-44
Then He said to them, “How is it that they say Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’ Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord,’ and how is He his son?” [NASB1995®]
After one group and then another question Jesus, it is he who now asks this great question.
How is it possible that the Messiah, who receives the title of the Son of David, is called Lord by David himself?
The Messiah is the Son of David, because he descends from him, in his human nature. And David calls him Lord by his divine nature.
Jesus is proclaiming here his identity as Messiah, and his own divinity as the Son of God. And he does so with the support of the Scriptures.
How can the Sadducees or Pharisees respond? They’re speechless!
With this question, Jesus directs their attention to what is really important.
Who is he?
Jesus is the Messiah, Son of David, for in the flesh both his father and his mother are descendants of David.
Jesus is the Messiah whom David calls Lord because He is the Son of God. He is God made flesh.
A God who immensely loved His creations even when they turned their backs in rebellion. A God who walked among us and entered into the history of His creation, transforming everything.
This is what the Pharisees or Sadducees cannot understand, and what the disciples will fully understand only when the Holy Spirit comes to them at Pentecost.
They have seen Jesus heal the sick, they have heard Him teach wisely, they have seen Him dominate the storms, expel the demons, and even resurrect the dead. Who can do these things?
That is precisely the answer to the great question: Who is this? He is the Messiah, he is the Son of God who became man. No one else could have such authority.
Who can have authority not only over nature, disease, demons, disease, death, but also over sin? The only possible answer is the divine identity of Christ.
MEDITATE: Christ’s mission could only be accomplished by Him. No one can bring God’s mercy, no one can give forgiveness, no one can take us out of the darkness of sin, no one can deliver us from despair and death, except Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God.
Scripture quotation taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Translation By: Emily Stader