During His last visit to Jerusalem, He was surrounded by many people who endeavoured to ensnare Him with puzzling and crafty questions related to religion, politics, belief, and the law (Matthew 21:23-22:46). He answered each question wisely, and then He asked: “What do you think concerning the Christ? Whose son is He?” (Matthew 22:42). This question touches Christ’s person, which is a mystery, the most perplexing matter in the universe. This question of questions must be answered by everyone.
When the Pharisees answered this question, they said that Christ was David’s son. According to the Scriptures, this answer was correct. But then He asked, “How then does David in spirit call Him Lord, saying, The Lord said to My Lord, Sit at My right hand until I put Your enemies underneath Your feet? If then David calls Him Lord, how is He his son?” (Matthew 22:43-45).
The Pharisees did not know how to respond (Matthew 22:46). They could not explain how an ancestor could call his descendant Lord. This was because they had only half the scriptural knowledge concerning Christ. They did not know that Christ is both the Lord of David according to His divinity and also the son of David according to His humanity. They did not know that Jesus Christ is both God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).
Although those who questioned Christ were experts in their fields, they paid no attention to Christ Himself. We also have many questions and care for many things, yet God’s concern is always for Christ, the centre of all things (Colossians 1:16-17). Christ is inexhaustible and yet we have a way to know Him. The mention of the spirit in Matthew 22:43 indicates that we can know Christ in our spirit through God’s revelation (Ephesians 3:5). We can worship Him, take Him in, enjoy Him, and experience Him as the wonderful One when we exercise our spirit.
A simple way to do this is to open your heart and say to Him:
Lord Jesus, thank You that I can
know You in my spirit.
Empty me of everything else.
Come into me to be the centre of all things.
Lord Jesus, You are wonderful!
As we come to know the Lord Jesus Christ in and through our spirit, we will experience, know, and enjoy how wonderful and inexhaustible He is.
We invite you to join us for a seminar in central London on 29th April 2012. The subject is The Question of Questions: What Do You Think Concerning the Christ? Full information can be found here: amanatrust.org.uk/events/seminar.