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Thursday – Mark 12:35-37

Read  – Mark 12:35-37

The Lord(1) says to my Lord(2):

“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”
(Psalm 110:1, numbers added)

The Jews accepted Psalm 110:1 as a direct reference to the Christ, the Messiah.  The first LORD (Yahweh) refers to God the Father; the second (Adonai) to the Messiah.  Citing this passage, Jesus challenged the nationalistic belief that Messiah would be a powerful man and descendant of David who would free Israel from oppression and re-establish David’s earthly kingdom.

Why would David call his own son “Lord”?  The answer: Messiah is, at the same time, David’s son and Lord. He is both God (David’s Lord) and man (David’s son).

Why must the Messiah, the Christ, our Lord and Savior, be both God and man?  As a man, He lived a perfect life to pay for the sins of humankind.  As God, He is infinite and holy; His blood can pay for an infinite number of sins.  Fully God and fully man, Jesus is the only person uniquely qualified to die for the sins of the world.  Only through Him can we enter God’s kingdom.

Reflection and Application: How will I seek to know the Lord Jesus Christ through the study of God’s Word?

Believing that Jesus is fully God and fully man, how am I called to respond today?

As my knowledge of Jesus increases, do I delight in who He is and desire to worship Him?

Pray:  Lord God, thank you for living a perfect life.  I am unsuccessful in my attempts to be good, but you are good for me.  You paid the price for my sins and for the sins of all who believe in you. I praise you, Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

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