While teaching in the temple, Jesus said something that probably interested the Pharisees and Scribes who were likely there. Jesus asked, “How was it that the experts in the law said Christ is David’s son?”
Jesus was not trying to show that he was better than David. He was trying to show his listeners the Messiah was greater than David. How could that be since he descended from David? The answer is because the Messiah is divine, not human.
The problem people had when they saw Jesus is they saw the man and didn’t see divinity. Even Jesus’ disciples had difficulty with this. Yet Jesus said David calls Messiah “Lord” in Psalm 110:1. Can you imagine how this simple declaration could make the Jews crazy? The Pharisees had no answer to the question Jesus posed.
Was David inspired when he wrote Psalm 110:1? Indeed, he was. If Jesus is the Messiah (as he had said), then Jesus must be divine.
Interestingly, Peter used this identical passage to prove Jesus’ divinity in Acts 2:34-35. His conclusion came in the next words he spoke: “God has made this Jesus both Lord and Christ.” It is interesting that 3,000 Jews who heard this on the Day of Pentecost had no problem understanding and believing what Peter said, and they obeyed the gospel.
The same argument is just as valid today. Either Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, or he isn’t. His actions showed his divinity when he raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43). Jesus is the divine son of God, and because he is, he must be obeyed.
Have you obeyed the gospel of Christ?