Day 253 – Onto the Offensive
On: July 11, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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And no one dared to ask him any more questions. Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ‘David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” Luke 20:40-44
Having demonstrated to His adversaries the futility of their challenges to His authority, it is unsurprising that they had no further questions. Jesus now goes on the offensive. He drives home the advantage, by revealing that the revered King David, a millennia earlier, had foretold the coming of the Messiah and had named Him Lord, even though He would be His descendant. This exposed the inadequacy of trying to “reduce” Jesus to simply being an heir – “the son of David”.
The quote by Jesus comes from Psalm 110, and the use of the first verse is a mechanism to reference the whole Psalm – including v4: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews chapters 5-7 carefully argue how this Psalm prophesied about who Jesus really was, having opened with a glorious salvo of truth: In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. Hebrews 1:1-2
Jesus was the son of David. But He was also the Son of God. Nothing less.
Christians, at least this one, are far too often cowed into silence by apparently strong arguments, or simply by accepting dismissal, without argument, from those who have no truck with our faith. This is a travesty. For the gospel of Jesus Christ is an eternal reality, far surpassing any another religion, philosophy or alternative world view, which are but footstools beneath His feet. We need to own this with certainty and express it with confidence.
So … double homework … grasp the magnitude of the gospel of Jesus Christ; and receive the power of the Holy Spirit to tell the Good News to a world that desperately needs to hear it.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice; tender to me the promise of his word; in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name! Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done; his mercy sure, from age to age to same; his holy Name – the Lord, the Mighty One. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might! Powers and dominions lay their glory by. Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight, the hungry fed, the humble lifted high. Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word! Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord to children’s children and for evermore! (Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith)