BRP Insight Post for Week of April 8th, 2019
When Jesus speaks, He usually leaves heads spinning. That is why I love reading the gospels! In Matthew 22:41-46, Jesus asked the Pharisees, “Whose Son is the Christ?” Some questions in life are “small potatoes”. This question is definitely not in the “small potatoes” category. As a matter of fact, this is STILL the paramount question for every person on the planet!
(41) While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, (42) What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he? The son of David, they replied. Jesus went on to say, (45) If then David calls him Lord, how can he be his son? (46) No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions. (NIV)
The Sadducees and Pharisees were the religious leaders of the day and they didn’t like Jesus. They were looking for a promised Savior, a flashy military leader. They were asking God for a mighty king who could ride in and dole out justice to the Romans. They wanted to be rescued and vindicated as God’s chosen people. In so many ways, Jesus just didn’t fit what they were hoping for. He was a poor carpenter that rode into town on a donkey. How embarrassing for the Jewish leaders! He even picked unlearned fishermen to travel with him. A real Savior would have picked people of higher standing with more education to be his top leaders. The Sadducees and Pharisees believed they were the logical choice. So, they tried to get rid of Jesus. Over and over they tried to trap him with hard questions and each time they went away defeated. On this particular occasion, Jesus was the one questioning a big group of Pharisees. He had a purpose behind his question. He was laying the groundwork for his coming crucifixion and resurrection. Soon all would see that “The Christ” (the promised Savior) was both man AND God. The human side of “the Christ” was the direct descendent of King David and the divine side of “The Christ” was God himself. It wasn’t until after the death and resurrection that people actually began to understand. It is one thing to say you are God, it is something else to actually rise from the dead. Only God has power over life and death!
Everyone seems to have questions about religion, God, and faith. Some questions make us angry and keep us from believing. Other questions keep us from taking the next faith step. There is no shame in having questions. There is only foolishness in not seeking answers to the most important questions. Asking “Why” is a good thing! Take the time to figure out your questions and write them down. Then prioritize them and investigate what the Bible actually says. Some of my biggest ideas have been ruined by Bible study! There are also SOME helpful books written about life’s hardest questions. Strong opinions abound, but opinions aren’t enough. Our lives must be built on something more. We must tackle the questions of faith with a desire to find the truth no matter where it leads. It might be that after careful investigation, we decide we don’t believe. It is also possible that we might actually find a living supernatural God who wants the best for us. If God created us and the world we live in, then maybe He is our best source? We can’t know until we honestly seek. What are your questions or doubts? Make your list and get started today. I double dog dare you!
Director of Small Group & Lay Counseling Ministries