Who is this man called Jesus?
Mat 22:42 (NASB) "What do you think about the Christ.....?"
After Christ had been asked several questions which were intended to entrap Him, suddenly He turns to those who were seeking to discredit Him and He asks them a very profound and penetrating question.
"What do you think about the Christ....? He did not ask them, "What do you think about religion?"
Nor did He ask them what they thought about the Jewish Synagogue.
The question He asked was intended to reveal their true spiritual condition.
The word "Christ" is a Greek translation of the Hebrew word "Messiah." The word "Christ" means "anointed." In the Old Testament, the word "anointed" was associated with the offices of prophet, priest and king. Christ was actually asking, "What do you think of the Messiah?" In other words, "What do you think of God’s anointed Prophet, Priest and King?" Christ was not trying to entrap them as they had sought to do to Him. He wanted them to examine more carefully their own understanding of the scri ptures and to come up with the right conclusion.
Those to whom Christ asked the question were limited to the prophecies of the Old Testament in terms of responding correctly. We have the advantage of the complete revelation of the New Testament. We contemplate the answer to that same question from the perspective of the crucified, resurrected, risen and glorified Christ. We have all the more reason to come up with the right answer.
What one thinks about the Christ determines one’s attitude towards Christ, and ultimately one’s relationship to Christ. We are told in the book of Proverbs, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he"
It is a question which cannot be avoided. Sooner or later it must be answered by each individual. The question may be answered based on what one has been taught by his parents our by the church.
It might be answered based on one’s personal reading of the scri pture or a creed which one has memorized.
No doubt many could give an intellectual answer that would be both theologically correct and orthodox.
But what one really thinks of Jesus is not revealed by verbally giving the right answer but rather by the way one lives his daily life.
If one really believes that Christ is God’s anointed Prophet, it will be evident in his daily seeking to know more of God’s truth. His Bible will not be covered with the dust of neglect, nor will his fellow church members think that he is a new visitor when he shows up on Sunday morning. There will not be only an intellectual grasp of the truth, there will also be a willing and glad submission to the truth.
According to the apostle James, those who are hearers and not doers of the word, are the victims of gross self deception.
If Christ is acknowledged not only as God’s anointed Prophet but as God’s anointed Priest and King, it will be evident in one’s complete trust in the redemptive work of Christ, and in one’s submission to the absolute sovereignty of Christ as Lord of Lord and King of Kings. On one occasion, Christ asked a very penetrating question,
"Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?" Again we see that the way one lives is a true measure of what one really thinks about Christ.
There is no neutral ground. If one thinks that Jesus Christ was a fraud and an imposter, then He should be assiduously rejected, as did the apostle Paul. If, however, one is persuaded that Jesus Christ is indeed God’s anointed Prophet, Priest and King then He should be unreservedly obeyed and worshiped and served as did the apostle Paul once he was converted. "What do you think of Christ?"