Perhaps tiring of the hypocrisy of those questioning him, Jesus posed his own question to them that ultimately shut them up. He said,
What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he? (Matthew 22:42a)
This was an easy question for the Pharisees and teachers of the law, and they immediately answered,
The son of David. (Matthew 22:42b)
Then Jesus challenged their thinking of who the Christ, the Messiah really was. He asked,
How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him “Lord”? For he says, “The Lord said to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.'” If then David calls him “Lord,” how can he be his son? (Matthew 22:43-45)
The answer is simple. Jesus is not simply the Son of Man (namely David), he is also the Son of God. He is, as Jesus would later say of himself, “the root and offspring of David.” (Revelation 22:16)
But this was something the Pharisees and teachers of the law could not see. Or perhaps did not want to see.
There are many people like that today. They are willing to see Jesus as the son of man. A good person. A great teacher even. But they are unwilling to acknowledge him as Son of God.
But Jesus is not simply a son of man. He is the Son of God. And as such, he is worthy of our honor, our trust, and obedience. More, he is the only way to the Father.
How about you? How do you see Jesus?