While the Pharisees were together, Jesus asked them, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” Matthew 22:41-42 (NCV)
As Jesus’ public ministry and popularity were growing, the religious leaders and rulers often tried to trap Jesus with what they thought would be gotcha questions in an effort to entrap or discredit Him before the masses. If they lived today, they would no doubt be hosts for political debates or journalists looking for a fast track to notoriety. After irrefutably answering three of these kinds of questions in Matthew 22, Jesus turned the tables on them and asked them the most important question of all – What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?
How would you answer that question? The most important question you’ll ever be asked is “Who is Jesus Christ?” There’s no shortage of opinion as to the answers to that question, but it’s a question that will determine our eternal destiny. Who is Jesus Christ? Is He God’s Son? Is He the Savior of the world or just another prophet and preacher that went around doing good? On another occasion when Jesus was with His own disciples, He asked them the question:
Who do you say that I am? Matthew 16:15 (NLT)
Peter spoke up immediately, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Peter had been convinced by all he had seen and heard that Jesus must be the Messiah, the Christ who was to come, the Son of the living God! But, Jesus said it was more than mere observation that convinced Peter. It was divine revelation!
Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” Matthew 16:17 (NLT)
If you or I are to get the answer correct to the most important question, we won’t discover it by human reason alone. It will require faith to believe. There is a knowledge by discovery. Science offers us tremendous understanding through discovery. But, there is also a knowledge to be gained by revelation that discovery alone cannot provide. We cannot know God unless God makes Himself known to us. That is exactly what He did through His Son, Jesus Christ. The writer of Hebrews says,
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being…. Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)
When Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, Jesus answered:
Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. John 14:9 (NIV)
You’ll never convince anyone of this truth apart from the revelation of God. That’s why the Pharisees missed it. They were blinded by their own sin and pride. They refused to believe the evidence of His miracles, His death, and resurrection. What about you? Could you say with Peter that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God? Open your heart to the revelation of Christ and experience who Jesus really is.