Jesus- not just for Jews anymore.
I have been working my way through Matthew 22 and it ends on this verse about whose son is the messiah. What does that matter?
“Matthew 22:41-46 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied. He said to them, “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?” No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions. “
If the messiah is just the son of David then the kingdom he will rule is at a minimum, Jewish. Even if he were to rule the Jews and the Jews were to take over the world, his kingdom would be earthly and only continue as long as he or his son would maintain the throne.
But, if the messiah is God’s son? The playing field just got bigger. The players list just went from exclusive to inclusive.
Jesus had come as the messiah, the redeemer, the savior from the Jewish people but he was promised as savior to all people, all the way back in the garden of Eden, God would provide a way for us to re establish our relationship with Him. He was from the Jews but he will be for all people.
We have a king, we have a savior, we have a redeemer. His name is Jesus. He has beaten our two biggest enemies; death and sin. He has restored our broken relationship with our creator God.
It is like someone who is very rich, has given you a million dollars, but you must actually sign for it. You must claim it. It is a transaction that you must initiate. In claiming Jesus as our messiah, there is a confession of need. Do I need a savior? Yes. Do I want a savior and Lord? Yes. Will I allow Jesus to be my savior and my master? I suppose that’s up to you.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
I did. I wanted to be clean again. I wanted to be whole. I wanted to be welcomed by God into his family and into his embrace. So I did it and I am.
Today is a good day to start.