Matthew 22:15-17 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”
Matthew 22:23-28 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”
That day was a day full of questions for Jesus. Let there be no mistake, Jesus is open to questions. I know this because I have asked my fair share of questions and, so far at least, there have been no lightning bolts from heaven. While he walked on earth and as he reigns from heaven, Jesus was, and still is, open to honest, question-asking seekers. But the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herodians weren’t looking for answers. They were looking for a way to get rid of Jesus. His influence with the Jewish people was a threat to their own authority and power, so they needed a case against him. They needed him to slip-up, to make a mistake. But God in the flesh doesn’t make mistakes.
The Pharisees and others asked their questions and Jesus silenced each group with his wisdom and insight. Matthew 22 tells us they walked away from their experiences with Jesus astonished and amazed. Unfortunately, they didn’t walk away changed.
After all of these exchanges, Jesus posed to the Pharisees a question of his own. It was the only question that really mattered. And it still is.
Get this question right and your life will be forever changed. More importantly, get this question right and your forever will be changed.
Matthew 22: 41-45 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.
The Pharisees answered Jesus’ question incorrectly. Let’s be sure we don’t do the same.
What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he? At the end of our days, God will ask all of us to give an answer to this question. It’s my privilege to answer it here.
I believe Jesus is the only Son of my Holy God. I believe he willingly left the glory of heaven and became a baby placed in a virgin’s womb. I believe that while he wore our fragile flesh he was fully man and at the same time fully God. I believe he experienced everything on this earth that we experience. I believe he experienced frustration, grief, pain and every temptation, and yet he never once sinned. I believe he suffered on a cruel Roman cross in my place, for my sins. I believe he died on that cross and was placed in a borrowed tomb. I believe he arose from the dead on the third day just as he promised. I believe he reigns in Heaven and that one glorious day he is coming back to this earth. I believe I will spend all of eternity in his presence. I long for that day and I praise him for what his presence in my life means to me. I praise him for his mercy, forgiveness and grace because I could never deserve all that he gives.
He is my dearest friend, my hope, my love, my peace, and my joy. I would not want to live one day without him. And I thank him that I will never have to.
Now it’s your turn. Ask yourself the question Jesus asked the Pharisees. What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?
Take a moment today to write down your answer. It will bless you and your Savior at the same time.
If you don’t know who he is, pray and ask God to reveal himself to you. Then find some Christ followers and ask them to help you grow in your faith and knowledge of Him.
“What we believe about God is the most important truth we believe, and it’s the one truth that does the most to shape us. God is the Sun too bright for us to see. Jesus is the Prism who makes the colors beautiful and comprehensible.” ~ Michael Spencer