Having defeated the clever attempts by all types of religious leaders to trap Him or discredit Him, Jesus turned to the Pharisees with a question of His own. “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose Son is He?”
They replied, “He is the son of David”
Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord’? For David said; ‘The Lord said to my Lord,”Sit in the place of honor at my right hand, until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.”‘ Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord’, how can the Messiah be his son?”
No one could answer Him. And, after that, no one dared to ask Him any more questions. Matthew 22:42-46
Only God could make, in Jesus Christ, the perfect son of David, who was also the perfect son of God. Israel waited for their Messiah, a mighty warrior king who, like David, would lift them from their servitude to a mighty enemy, giving them peace and prosperity through their own great strength.
Jesus, from the royal line of David, was born in Bethlehem, the city of David. But almost no one knew that He had even been born. Throughout His ministry, questions swirled around Him– “Who is He?” Many reached a compromise– another prophet of God. But few knew Him as the Messiah, the son of David; even fewer as the Son of God, and these latter only could know by the revelation of God Himself.
The amazing thing is that Jesus, had He and His Father so chosen, could have been a great empire builder like David. The legions of Rome would have been no match for the legions of angels at His command. After all, the secret to David’s success, from his conquest of Goliath onward, was the Divine leading and help of God. But instead, God chose Jesus, Son indeed of David, to deal with the one most important issue facing all mankind– namely man’s separation from God.
Paul says that, though Jesus was equal with God, He did not cling to His position as God. He humbled Himself, became a man, and submitted to death– the death of a common criminal. Because of this, God raised Him up, and gave Him a Name higher than any name in Heaven, or in earth, or under the earth. At the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father. (See Philippians 2)