Today we are reading from Mark 12: 35-37:
35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? 36 David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared,
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
37 David himself calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?” And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.
This passage is one that may not make sense to our ears at first. What is Jesus saying here? What is this language about David?
Jesus is establishing that the Messiah (i.e. Jesus) is not merely in the line of David, or the “son” of David, but in fact, the Messiah is David’s Lord. It was the Messiah who David was worshiping in the Psalms, it was the Messiah who was helping and giving strength in his battles.
David, nor any human, is greater than the Messiah. The Messiah, Jesus is the Greatest, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus is saying that the entire Old Testament, all the Law, is pointing to Him as the fulfillment of the Law itself.
It is important for us to remember that, that the Old Testament is not incidental to Jesus or to our faith, but Jesus and the New Testament are built on the foundation of the Old Testament. David is pointing to Jesus. The Law is pointing to Jesus. The prophets are pointing to Jesus.
The entire Bible is pointing to Jesus. He is the point, the purpose the everything of scripture, of our lives, of all that we are. He tells them that He is greater than David, the patriarchs, all their ancestors. Not only is He greater but He was who they were worshiping.
He is who they were pointing it to.
It is always, only, about Jesus.
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