The anticipated Messiah (Hebrew), the Christ (Greek), was prophesied to be a descendant of David. This ‘son of David’ would reign upon ‘David’s throne’ and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. (Isaiah 9:7)
Jesus, knowing this ‘expectation’ among the people of God, asked a question as he taught in the temple course. “How is it that the teachers of the law say that the Christ is the son of David?” In other words, what is the basis for this affirmation made by those who were to accurately communicate the truth of the Old Testament text? Then he pressed further with an apparent ‘conflicting’ title, ascribed by David, guided by the Holy Spirit in his composition of Psalm 110. David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: ‘The LORD said to my Lord; ‘Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.'” If the Messiah is ONLY the Son of David, why did David call him ‘Lord?’
Now that was a topic worth pondering. Son of David? For sure! Lord? The text of Psalm 110 refers to David’s Lord. Who was this One? Who is your Lord? Your Master? The One who charts the course for your life?
The text gives no answer to the probing question. Mark simply records the delightful ‘listening’ made by the large crowd. But how delightfully did they receive this truth? Was the Spirit of God opening their eyes or were they becoming progressively hardened as they encountered Jesus more and more with each passing hour?
How shall we respond to the claims of Jesus? Have we ‘confessed Him as Lord?’ Have we submitted to His rightful rule over us? Have we believed in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead?
We DO NOT make Him Lord. He is Lord already. The issue that remains is one of submission, one of completely yielding every aspect of our lives to His rightful authority. For some this is the sticking point. No one is going to ‘tell them’ what to do. They determine their own destiny. They make their own choices. For others a bent knee is the rightful posture before this KING of kings and LORD of lords.
“Forever you will be….. The Lamb upon the throne…. I gladly bow my knee….. And WORSHIP YOU ALONE!” Amen and Amen!