“Jesus asked them a question, saying, ‘What do you think about the Christ?'”
The Sadduccees wanted Jesus to address their “denominational” pet issue. The Pharisees wanted to know the greatest law. Jesus graciously, if not sternly, answered their questions (the fact that He answered them was grace enough). Then, He once again turns the tables. He puts His questioners to the test. He asks the ultimate question; the one that silences all our questions in its wake: “What do you think about the Christ?”
The Christ: He is the Son of the Living, Most High God, the Word Made Flesh, the Living Water, the Bread of Life, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the Alpha & Omega, the Author and Perfector of my faith, the Prince of Peace, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Lamb of God slain for the world. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, announced the Kingdom: healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, raised the dead, and cast out demons. He gathered and taught a little ragtag bunch of misfit, loser disciples with grace and truth. He triumphantly entered Jerusalem during Passover to a parade of Hosanna’s and the waving of palms. But He refused to be Israel’s political savior; He was not here to overthrow the Romans… that would have been too easy. He was here to serve, to give His life as a ransom for many, to make a way where there was no way, to form a people who had once not been a people. He was crucified; dead and buried; He knew no sin but became sin for us and bore our curse upon a tree. But now? HE IS RISEN from the dead! He is the King victorious. He rules and He reigns as the Highly Exalted one. He is Lord of all and He is coming again.