From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Mark 12:35-37

Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?  For David himself said by the Holy Spirit:‘The Lord said to my Lord,“Sit at My right hand,Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”’ Therefore David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?”  And the common people heard Him gladly.


As He was teaching in the temple, the Lord Jesus Christ had a question for the Scribes. The Scribes taught that, as the Son of David, the Christ would just be a mere man.  Jesus’ question was designed to reveal the truth about Himself as the Christ.  He was no mere man but God Himself in human flesh (John 1:1-3,10,14).  By the declaration of the Holy Scriptures, He is “the Mighty God” (Isa. 9:6), Immanuel, God with us (Mat. 1:23), the great “I Am” who spoke to Abraham and Moses (John 8:58), equal in all ways with God the Father (Phil. 2:6), addressed by the Father as God (Heb. 1:8).

Because Jesus humbled Himself in becoming a man and obeying His Heavenly Father perfectly, even unto the death of the cross, God the Father has exalted Him through the ascension to His own right hand in Heaven and has given Him the absolute rule over all creation (Phil. 2:6-11, Eph. 1:20-22).  One day Jesus will come again in power and great glory and reign over His enemies (Psa. 110:2).  He will rule the nations with a rod of iron (Rev. 12:5, 19:15), His dominion shall extend across the entire world, all kings shall fall down before Him, all nations shall serve Him (Psa. 72:8,11), and every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:10-11).

Unlike the Jewish religious leaders who were puffed up with pride and jealous of Jesus’ authority, the common people listened to His message with delight.  What about you?  It’s not a question of whether or not you will bow the knee to Jesus and confess Him as Lord, it is just a question of when you will do it.  You can do it now, willingly, in this life, and reap the eternal benefits of salvation, or you can put it off until the next life and suffer the eternal sufferings of the Lake of Fire.  Which will you chose?


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