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On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood

 

Son and Lord

March 31, 2013

“David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with delight. (Mark 12:37, NIV)

Do you enjoy watching contests? Perhaps a football or basketball game, a NASCAR event, or tennis match?

People in Jesus’ day in Jerusalem had none of those contests. But they loved to listen to the rabbis debate. The volleys intellectually back and forth were a professional verbal pingpong match of words.

The crowd gathered around Jesus in the temple courts on the Tuesday before His death on Friday saw and listened to it all. Jesus had come out the winner in five of the debates, and His opponents’ score was zero.

Jesus bested His opponents on the question as to the source of His authority (11:27 through 12:12). He deftly parried their question on whether to pay taxes to Caesar (12:13-17). He demolished the Sadducees in answering their ridiculous question about the widow who married seven brothers in succession, telling them they didn’t know their own Bible or the power of God (12:18-27). Then, Jesus superbly answered the question as to what was the greatest commandment (12:28-34).

Jesus finishes off the theological jousting by asking a question arising from Psalm 110: How can David’s Son also be his Lord?

When Jesus received no answer from His critics, the crowd loved it. Default — they couldn’t return His volley.

It was indeed a delight to witness Jesus trounce the despised religious hypocrites, to see the comeuppance given them by the Galilean. At the same time, the crowd, like the religious experts, could not figure out the answer to Jesus’ question: “How can David’s Lord be his Son?”

We know the answer now. He is both. As David’s Son, our Lord is fully human; as David’s Lord, Jesus is fully divine.

If Jesus had come solely as God, then He would not have known what it was like to be human. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews explains the importance of Jesus’ humanity by saying, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin” (4:15). Jesus did what the first man, Adam, did not do. Adam sinned, and his disobedience brought downfall to all who followed; but Jesus’ obedience brings uplift and restoration to all who follow Him (Romans 5:19).

Yes, Jesus was fully human: born to Mary in the poverty of a manger and secluded for 30 years in a small village where He learned and worked in the construction trade before launching His public ministry.

But we also know Him as Immanuel — God with us (Matthew 1:23). Jesus, in fact, declared, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). The apostle Paul writes, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9). Thus, God is not remote. He’s not Aristotle’s Unmoved Mover. He’s not a capricious dictator, an absent or cruel father.

Through His divinity, Jesus shows us who God is and what He’s really like — that He is the God of grace and mercy (1 Timothy 1:2). His essential and core character is love (1 John 4:8).

As David’s Son, we embrace Jesus as human; as David’s Lord, we bow down and worship.

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, thank You for being One with us, One of us — but also One above us, One over us. We are so grateful You are both our Friend and our God.

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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