Sunday, December 27, 2009

Who is Lord?

Matthew 22:41-46
(41) Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,
(42) saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David."
(43) He said to them, "How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,
(44) "'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet'?
(45) If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?"
(46) And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

The Pharisees were looking for a king to overthrow the Romans and restore the glory of Israel. They figured that this king would look like David since he would be of David's line. After all, the name "Yeshua" means "deliverance" or "salvation."

Of course, we know in hindsight that was not what Jesus came to do. He will do this in the second coming, but that was not his mission in his first coming. Instead, He came to save us from our sins. He was a deliverer, but not in the way that the Pharisees expected.

On a side note, do you see how Jesus speaks to the inspiration of Scripture? He says that "David, in the Spirit" wrote about how Christ is the Lord. That means that somehow the Holy Spirit worked with David as he wrote Psalm 110. If you ever question the idea of the inspiration of Scripture you don't have to look any farther than the words of Jesus, though of course that argument is a bit circular.

The overall point of this is that Jesus is lord. If He really is Lord of our lives then He will have more influence than any secular ruler can have. We have to obey laws in our country, but our hearts don't have to be in it. If we follow Jesus we have to give Him our whole hearts. Where is your heart right now?

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