Jesus posed this question to the Pharisees. They were the religious leaders of that time and as such should have been in touch with God and have a clear understanding of the Scriptures. They knew that the Messiah had to be a descendant of King David, but in the following verses Jesus refers to Psalm 110 where David speaks of the Christ (The Messiah) as his Lord, indicating one infinitely greater than a mere descendant. Regarding His human nature Christ (Moshiach) did descend from David, but He spoke clearly of His pre-existence when He said concerning David’s ancestor Abraham – "Before Abraham was born. I AM!" (John 8:58) cf Exodus 3:14 (Here God tells Moses that His name is ‘I AM’)
Today Jesus levels the same question at us. "What do you think about Christ?" It is as relevant now as it ever was. To some He is an upright and moral man of exemplary character. To others the finest teacher who ever lived. Whilst others regard Him as a great prophet. He is all of those things, yet much more. The Bible teaches that He is God incarnate, so long promised in the Old Testament prophecies. At the appointed time the Son of God laid His glory aside taking upon Himself the form of a servant. God clothed in human flesh. He chose for his birthplace, a cattle shed in a little backwater town in order to fulfil the scripture. Finally, He subjected Himself to the public disgrace of the cross, that He might by the shedding of His blood bring back from the paths of sin and redeem from the bondage of satan a people for himself. This is the Christ who snapped the fetters of death and arose victoriously from the grave. This is the Jesus I proclaim.
The power Christ has to change lives has been experienced by thousands throughout the ages. This is no dead religious leader, but a living Saviour! He knocks on the heart’s door asking for admission. Those who allow Him to enter, He liberates from the bondage of sin and fear of death. This Christ is no effeminate milksop as some would portray Him. When He comes again as the Bible says He will, He shall trample all evil underfoot and rule the nations with an iron sceptre (Psalm 2:9) This Jesus shall be something to everyone. To those who choose to ignore him and " the suffering He took for their sins", He shall be judge, but to those who accept Him, He is a most glorious Saviour.
Consider Jesus’ own words about Himself. " I AM the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by Me" John 14:6. "I AM the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 11:25. "I lay down My life that I might take it up again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again." John 10:17-18. "I and my Father are one." John 10:30.
The question Jesus aimed at the Pharisees all those centuries ago He has asked throughout the ages and still does. He asks every individual " What do you think about Christ ?" Even more important – What will you do concerning Him?
Date : 30/11/-0001 Author : Philip D. Tollett