The Tuesday of Holy Week is sometimes called Super Tuesday. Not because of some huge clearance sale (remember, Jesus threw the merchants OUT of the Temple already) but because the Gospels are jam packed with stuff Jesus did and talked about – presumably on that day. By the way, yesterday was a jam packed day for me as well, that’s why you are getting this on Wednesday.
I’d like to focus on the teaching of David’s Lord in Mark 12:35-37
And Jesus began to say, as He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David ? 36 “David himself said in the Holy Spirit, ‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET.”‘ 37 “David himself calls Him ‘Lord ‘; so in what sense is He his son ?” And the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him.
For those interested, he’s once again quoting scripture – in this case Psalm 110:1
I believe he’s making the case for the fact that he is in fact both man and God at the same time. If the Messiah is to be born in the line of David, then he will need to be a man. If he is to be called Lord by David, then he can only be God. So once again Jesus defies earthly logic but that’s part of what makes him God.
So what does it matter? I think it matters a lot. For God to be a perfect sacrifice, he had to be fully human, fully subject to all the temptations we have faced (and more) and yet full pure and sinless. An unblemished sacrifice to account for our sins and pay the price for us. He also felt all the physical pain of being on the cross not to mention the emotional anguish and near-unbearable stress (he was sweating blood the night of his capture – not because he didn’t know what was going to happen, but because he knew exactly what was going to happen). He was God, so he could have stopped the pain and suffering, but he took it all upon himself. Remember that.
Also remember that in the very next chapter, Jesus speaks of his return in the end days, where “they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory.”