What do you think about the Messiah?
The Pharisees had already probed Jesus’ judgement and knowledge on the topics of finance, heavenly relationships, and the utmost commandment. On all three occasions he demonstrated true wisdom and revealed insight into the matters they had been pondering for years. He left them baffled and speechless.
Then, He turns the question back around on them.
A few times a semester an open-air street evangelist comes to my school to share the gospel. He finds a public location where there’s a lot of foot traffic, brings an easel, some paint, and a Bible. Often times he’ll use images to illustrate the gospel or share his story. Unfortunately, most of the students who stop by have already heard the gospel or just aren’t interested in talking about salvation.
Instead, they bring their scientific and moral dilemmas. “Can you be a Christian and be gay?” “Was the earth created in seven days?” “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?” Instead of a conversation to bring salvation, more often than not, the conversation turns to a topical debate. It’s a shame but it’s the status of a very liberal, academic university.
I think many folks today come to Christ with their mental tongue-twisters, their legal stumbling blocks and get hung up on why they can’t live their life a certain way. Even when their questions are met with a reasoned and intelligent argument, they still won’t accept the validity of Christ’s identity.
People haven’t changed much in 2,000 years but still Christ calls and asks, “Who do you say I am? After I’ve answered all your questions, am I still just a good teacher, a wise man, or am I Lord of your life?”
Matthew Henry: It behoves us above all things seriously to inquire, “What think we of Christ?” Is he altogether glorious in our eyes, and precious to our hearts? May Christ be our joy, our confidence, our all. May we daily be made more like to him, and more devoted to his service.