41 Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David? 42 David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand 43 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ 44 David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”
Is Jesus asking a riddle or a trick question here when he asks how is the Messiah David’s son? A good question seeing they were born a thousand years apart. On a literal level Jesus was a descendant of David. Jesus lineage can be traced back to King David and as far back as it gets; Adam. There is also the theological or spiritual interpretation of Jesus as the son of David. There is prophetic significance in this title as Jesus is the fulfilment of the seed of David. What Jesus is declaring is the fact that he is the Messiah.
It’s always interesting when Jesus asks a question! He’s after a response. Often his questions centre on who people think Jesus is, what his purpose is etc. Here his question was directed to the Sadducees who we see in the verses just prior to this passage trying to trip Jesus up with matters of Jewish law. Jesus is revealing that they have the fulfilment of David’s seed, the Messiah himself in the flesh right before their eyes. Very confronting! It is an understanding every person needs – who is Jesus? Jesus is the saviour of the world offering the only means of salvation from sin. How will you respond to him?
Dear Lord, thank you Jesus is the Messiah and is able to forgive sin. Help me to grow in my understanding of who Jesus is and what he has done for me. Amen
Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods