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Saturday, August 3: What do you think about the Messiah?

 

Jesus SaidThis summer, we'll seek to understand Jesus' life and teachings by reading through the gospel of Matthew, complementing the teaching team's focus in their "Jesus Said" series. One of the most profound truths of Christianity is that Jesus was and is God. In order to know God, we can look at Jesus, for, as Paul wrote in Colossians, Jesus is "the image of the invisible God."

Read Matthew 22:41-46

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.

Reflect

It was Jesus' turn to ask a tough question about the Messiah. The Pharisees understood that the Messiah would be a descendant of King David, but they didn't comprehend that the Messiah would also be God. Jesus quoted Psalm 110 to show that the Messiah would be greater than David.

Respond

The most important question we will ever answer is what we believe about Jesus. Other theological questions are irrelevant until we believe that Jesus is who he said he is. Who do you believe that Jesus is?

 

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