No day is dark when the Son is present.
INTRO — The people of the first century held to a number of beliefs. Much like us today, its easy to begin a pattern of tradition and end up thinking that’s the way God wants us to approach him, conduct our lives, or to go about being a church.
Jesus had to lead people to come to the right understand about the Messiah.
He was up against ideas that plague us even to this day; “But that’s the way its always been.”
Do you know how hard it is to help people adopt God’s will when they’ve already made up their mind about what God’s will is?
The people truly thought they were in the center of God’s will and Jesus had to lead them to discover what they thought and expected were all wrong.
TRANS — Look for Jesus’ teachings in Scripture that rest in the never-changing character of God, and therefore are true for his people throughout all of history, even for us today.
In our brief, but all so important passage today, God gives us a broader and most encompassing lesson about him and his ways.
At the end of this message we can expect a challenge.
Will you choose now to be changed by the preaching of the Bible?
Let’s ask God to unify us in this, that whatever we need to stop believing, doing, or accepting…anything that is not His leading for us today, that we will submit that all to Him.
And, let’s ask God to do whatever it takes to bring FBC Minneola completely to submission before His Lordship.
To wipe aways all that is outside His plan for this church, this people, and to set us rightly before His Lordship.
HUM — Do you know the story about the little fellow working with his “Speak and Spell” computer? Apparently he became very concerned repeatedly typing in “God” and to his surprise the computer was saying, “Word not found.”
The young fellow tried again to type “God”, one last time into the computer, to which he heard the same, “Word not found” and with great disgust and in no uncertain terms to the computer, “Jesus is not going to like this!”
TRANS - Even with people, at times they don’t recognize God.
And, such is the case in this passage.
The people didn’t recognize the Messiah.
What does “the Christ” mean?
Christ and Messiah are interchangeable terms.
The promise of the OT note the Messiah as:
a “branch” of David
a “branch” from Jesse’s (David’s father) stump
the coming king, ruler of Isreal the “Son of David”
There are similar references throughout rabbinic literature.
Why is the term “son of David” applied to the Messiah?
The Messiah is the Son of David.
The Scribes knew and taught this.
They understood this because Scripture teaches it:
I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips. Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me. Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah
And in Amos:
“In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old,
Also, from Micah:
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Oh, but how they hated to hear it applied to Jesus:
But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant,
Oh, how that violated their “ideal” Messiah.
They needed to understand that the Messiah was not their preconceived version, but that David’s Son is also David’s Lord.
When Jesus asks, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David?” He means, “How can they say the Christ is merely the Son of David?”
Jesus is both; He is man and He is God!!!
ILL - Stan Telchin, a successful Jewish businessman, felt betrayed when his daughter, Judy, twenty-one, called home from college to say, “I believe Jesus is the Messiah.”
To prove his daughter wrong, Telchin began an energetic quest for truth. So did Stan’s wife, Ethel, and their other daughter, Ann. When the search created friction between Stan and Ethel, they agreed to pursue their studies independently.
Months later, Stan accepted an invitation to attend a National Convocation of Messianic Jews. He planned to “work the convention” just like any other business, meeting with anyone he thought could help him.
After a series of meetings, Stan lay awake in his dorm room, realizing he had arrived at a point of crisis. If the Bible was true—and he had concluded it was—then he really did believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He also admitted that he believed in the Bible as God’s inspired Word. But he couldn’t quite say, “Jesus is the Messiah.”
He asked his roommate to pray for him. Art obliged, praying simply, “God, give Stan your peace, and resolve his inner conflict.”
The next morning at breakfast, a man at Stan’s table asked him to pray before the meal. Startled by the request, Stan bowed his head and said: “Praised be Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe. I thank you for the fellowship and the friendship at this table. I thank you for what we have learned at this meeting. I ask you now to bless this food, and I do so … in the name of Jesus, the Messiah.”
For a moment, he sat there, amazed at what he had just prayed. The faces of others at the table were suddenly jubilant. “Stan,” said one of them, “you’re a believer!” One by one they got up from their seats and hugged Stan. Several cried with joy.
Stan began to weep too. He wasn’t sure how his wife would take the news, but he called her, blurting out, “Ethel, honey, it’s me. It’s over. I’ve made my decision. Jesus is the Messiah!”
There was a pause on the other line as Stan held his breath. Then his wife said softly, “Thank God! That makes it unanimous. We’ve all been waiting for you.”
Stan’s entire family—his wife and both daughters—had decided to trust Christ as the Messiah. Each had been praying and waiting patiently for the Holy Spirit of Christ to draw Stan into a relationship with himself.
Jesus is not a political warrior.
Jesus is not a law-giver; Jesus is a life-giver.
What does it mean that David spoke “in the Holy Spirit”?
David is speaking prophetically to the supreme dignity of the Messiah.
God, through David, inspired by the HS is speaking to humankind about the Messiah.
What David does is affirm the divine promise, not about himself, but about the Messiah.
The promise of the Messiah, the Lord, the one to come at a later time.
In our passage, we note the one time where we see Jesus tracing the authority of the OT to it’s inspiration; inspiration of from the HS.
The text of the question closely follows the Greek translation of the Hebrew just as do our English translations.
The scribes understood the meaning of these titles for God.
That tells us they knew that David understood that the One that recieved the promise was far greater than himself.
ILL - There is a story about a NYC lawyer that when he first came to the city and took his son for a walk the boy would grab his fathers little finger. As the child grew weary, and his steps began to lag, the man’s son would look up to his dad and say, “You’ll have to take hold of my hand now, Daddy, for I can’t hold on much longer.”
It’s that way for us when we understand that God is so much more than we can imagine.
He is Lord, Yahweh, our self-exinsistant God.
He is Lord, Adoni, our God and Master.
He is Spirit, He inspires and illuminates His Word.
He is our Father, He holds us tightly as we grow tired.
All this, and so much more, God teaches us, leads us to understand, and reminds us of again today.
What does Jesus use Psa 110 to teach about the Messiah?
The really important thing is what does it mean for Jesus to be the Son of David?
What we see is the Gospel’s beautiful manner for capturing the incarnation.
We see how titles and expectations of men fail to come close to the work and plan of God in Christ Jesus.
As David’s Lord, Jesus is not limited to Davidic categories.
Jesus is more than the Son of David.
Jesus is not simply representing the Jews, but all person who bear God’s image.
The crowds were amazed because Jesus spoke with the authority of God and not from a tradition, from a cult, or a from man-made teaching.
Perhaps our church can be like these people and put aside the traditions of “we’ve always done it this way,” or “that’s how such-and-such church is doing it,” and worship Jesus as King is such a way that God puts enemies under his feet.
Jesus teaches us the true meaning of the Messiah.
Jesus is portrayed as both a servant and a minister:
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus is not some militant and triumphant king.
The concept of Jesus himself and of the Christian ministry in this church must be recovered if we truly hope to hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Even today the correct understanding of Jesus’ role as Messiah needs explanation.
Jesus, the Messiah and Son of David first suffered in order to liberate people, all people, in an eternally significant way.
Thank our suffering Messiah and invite others to follow Jesus.
Consider a gospel presentation, inviting unbelievers to join David in calling Jesus “Lord.”