Son of David (part 1)

Psalm 110:1 – The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” 

Mark 12:35-37 – Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”’ Therefore David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?” And the common people heard Him gladly.

  • Reflect On: Psalm 110:1 and Mark 12:35-37. 
  • Praise God: Who reigns over every earthly power. 
  • Offer Thanks: For Christ’s rule in your life and in the world. 
  • Confess: The sins you feel most powerless against. 
  • Ask God: To rule over any and every area of your life.

Every time I watch a presidential debate, I am struck by how much we expect of a would-be president. We want to know what each candidate plans to do to resolve…terrorism, racism, poverty, educational deficiencies, energy shortages, the national debt, environmental problems—you name it. I recall one town hall debate in which a man in a wheelchair approached the platform to ask the candidates what they planned to do to help him with his particular disability. In every case, the candidate answered confidently, assuring their listeners that they were up to the challenge of resolving all these problems even the one posed by the man in the wheelchair. It seemed to me that the audience had conspired with the candidates to inflate the presidency into an impossible job. I thought of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, who turned out to be not a real wizard but merely a mild-mannered man performing tricks behind a curtain. 

Perhaps this kind of political inflation is rooted in a deeply held desire for a leader so powerful and wise that he or she is able to solve our intractable problems. In Israel’s case, this desire expressed itself in the longing for a Messiah, a descendant of the great King David, who would drive out Israel’s persistent enemies and restore the nation to its former glory. When people cried out to Jesus as the “Son of David,” they were expressing their faith that he was this long-promised Messiah.

But what the people didn’t understand was that they needed not just another David but someone far greater. They dreamed of a military leader who would drive out their Roman overlords, not realizing they needed a Savior who would drive out their sins. They longed for political power to restore the kingdom of Israel to its former glory, never reflecting on the fact that Israel, even at its peak, had never been more than a very small nation, which had flourished as a united nation for only about a hundred and twenty years—equivalent to something like a millisecond in the scope of world history. 

Nor did the people of Jesus’ day understand that David’s Son would exceed David in all things. He would inaugurate a kingdom that extended throughout the world and one in which every trace of sickness and death would eventually be driven out, a kingdom in which the lion and the lamb, the poor and the rich, the great and the small would lie down together perfectly and forever at peace. 

Today as you read the headlines or watch the nightly news, remember that it is important to pray for our nation and our political leaders. We should regularly ask God for wise and humble leadership, for men and women who hunger for justice and who are eager to pursue peace. But remember too that we need more than good leadership. We need our sins forgiven, our relationships healed, our sicknesses overcome, our selfishness defeated. We need Jesus, the only King who is able to drive out our worst enemies and bring us together from every tribe and tongue and nation into a kingdom that will endure forever.






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