While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”
“The son of David,” they replied.
He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet.”’
If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Matthew 22: 41 – 46
Jesus was in the middle of a theological argument – this was something that the Jewish men were trained to do, and everyone involved enjoyed doing it. It was a way of working out their understanding of the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament. So he came to a key question, ‘who is the Messiah?’ The Messiah that people thought they were waiting for at that time would have been a great king. He would have driven away the Romans. He would have been of the line of David and a king like David. But Jesus had refused this temptation early in his ministry – he had refused it for something much greater!
When the Pharisees replied ‘he will be the Son of David’, Jesus said, quoting the Scripture, ‘no, he’ll be much greater than David, so even David calls him ‘Lord’’. And the Pharisees were silenced.
Prayer: Lord, Messiah, Jesus, thank you for refusing the temptation to be a king on earth, and thank you for the much harder path you followed, that redeemed and saved the whole world. Remind me, I pray, when I am concerned about my own standing and status, that the power on earth is not the most important thing in life. Amen
Action: make an honest (!) list of the things that are most important in your life. Which ones are the most pleasing to Jesus? Try to increase their place in your thoughts and prayers.