Whose Son is the Christ? The last recorded days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, before the cross, has Him in Jerusalem teaching at the temple. It is here Jesus addresses a long time question, ‘Whose Son is the Christ?’ He quotes Psalm 110:1 in His answer, let’s look at the passage in Mark.

How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, sit at My right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.’ David himself calls Him Lord. So how is He his son?” Mark 12:35-37 ESV

We can read through the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-16 and also in Luke 3:23-38. Each one passes right through David, King of Israel. It is clearly stated that through the line of David would come the Messiah, or Anointed One. Isaiah 9:6-7 in verse six, the one to come is also referred to as “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Daniel in writing about the coming of the Christ (Messiah) said;

I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 ESV

In the second Psalm, we read of the Anointed one as written, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” Micah (5:2) states that the ruler of Israel is to be born in Bethlehem. Isaiah talks of the healing power that will be found in the Messiah.

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deep, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.” Isaiah 35:5-6 ESV

Zechariah writes a foreshadowing of the 30 pieces of silver offered in exchange for the Messiah recorded by Matthew (27:3-7). These prophecies each one coming in the person of Jesus. Who did Jesus claim to be? Well, for context let us look at Exodus 3:14 where God is talking to Moses through the burning bush. “God said to Moses, ‘I Am Who I Am. Tell them, I Am has sent you!'” Now this phase, “I Am” is Ego Eimi, and it is this phase that Jesus uses of Himself when He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am.” The same ‘Ego Eimi!’ It is clear that those that heard Him new what He, or Who He, was claiming to be in that moment for they picked up stones to throw at Him. John 8:58-59. Later Jesus said;

“‘I and the Father are one.’ The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?’ The Jews answered Him, ‘It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.’” John 10:30-33

Clearly, Jesus was teaching and showing through His works that He was the long-awaited Messiah. So as established Jesus absolutely claimed to be the Son of God and God as we read earlier in Isaiah the many names of the Anointed One, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” There is just one set of proofs left to determine whether Jesus truly was who He claimed to be. The Messiah has to be willing as is prophesied by Isaiah in chapter 53, so would be the way of the Messiah; The Passover lamb as written in Exodus 12:1-51; and the beginning of the New Covenant as Jeremiah (31:31) foretold.

Whose Son is the Christ? “And a voice came from Heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with You, I am well pleased.‘” Mark 1:11. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. Peter after Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension would stand before the people and say, “Let all the house of Israel, therefore, know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Acts 2:36. And as John declares;

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5

You are loved,

cj

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