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MATTHEW - Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand!
A Bible Study Course on the Gospel of Christ according to Matthew
PART 4 - Jesus' Last Ministries in Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1 - 25:46)
A - A Dispute in the Temple (Matthew 21:1 - 22:46)

9. Christ is the Lord (Matthew 22:41-46)

MATTHEW 22:41-46
41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying, “What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “Of David.” 43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord, sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet?’ 45 “If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” 46 No one was able to answer him a word, neither did any man dare ask him any more questions from that day forth.
(Mark 12:35-37, Luke 20:41-44, Isaiah 11:1, John 7:42, Matthew 26:64)

We call Jesus Christ “Lord.” This is good, for the Lord created us. He is our Owner, Ruler, and Judge. He is glorious and majestic; He has in His hand all the authority in heaven and on earth. The angels serve Him, with the cherubim calling out night and day, “Holy, holy is the Lord, the Almighty.”

The name “Lord” occurs 6,828 times in the Old Testament, whereas the term “God” is mentioned only 2,600 times. This indicates the great importance of the title “Lord” in the Scriptures.

The shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem were very afraid when they heard the angel’s declaration that the Lord had arrived. The angel brought them good tidings of great joy, which would be to all people. There was born to them in the city of David a Savior, who was Christ the Lord This name means that the Lord God became incarnate in Jesus. The Creator humbled himself in the form of a bondservant. In His humiliation, He was tempted in every way, just as we are, yet He remained without sin.

What love did the Lord show us in drawing near to us in Jesus! All the powers of heaven dwelt in the child of the manger. The apostles recognized the great mystery. They called Christ “Teacher,” “Master,” and “Lord.” In the New Testament, the name “Lord” appears 216 times. When you read the title “Lord” in the gospels with regard to Jesus, it means that all of God’s characteristics and powers are concentrated in Him. This is why the church has always used the phrase “Our Lord Jesus Christ” as a summary of its creed. This confession harmonizes with two prophecies mentioned in the Old Testament. The first prophecy is that David’s descendant would be the Son of God (2 Samuel 7:13-14); and the second occurs in Psalm 110:1 when David confessed, “the Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

Jewish leaders asked Jesus tricky questions, one after another, out of the law. But Jesus challenged them with a question out of the promises: “What do you think about the Christ?” Many were so full of the law, that they forgot Christ. They believed that their works would save them without the merit and grace of the Messiah. It would be wise for each of us to ask ourselves, “What do we think about the Christ?” “What do you think about the Christ?” Some people rarely think of Him. Some do not think of Him at all. But to those who believe that Christ is precious, how precious then are the thoughts of him! (Psalm 139:17).

The Lord Jesus Christ compared two prophecies when guiding those who were seeking the truth about Him as the Son of God and the Lord Himself. The extremists, however, would not comprehend this truth. If they did, they would have to confess that God appeared as two persons in a spiritual union. So they gave the cowardly excuse that they did not know the meaning the prophecies, and went away filled with resentment and hatred. However, this divine truth is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He sits at the right hand of His heavenly Father (Revelation 3:21). Together they rule the universe in a harmony of love and unity. This mystery is too great for man to perceive of his own accord. As Scripture states, no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3). In the communion of the Spirit, we know God’s love became incarnate in Jesus Christ, and we partake of His life by the gift of faith given to us.

The Jews could not recognize Jesus as Lord, because they closed their hearts against His love. So Jesus was obligated to declare to them that God would make them His footstool, for everyone who does not kneel to Jesus shall perish. This divine revelation incites us to preach Christ, even to His enemies. When we do, we unite with the love of God, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

PRAYER: We worship You Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, because You exist in the union of Your perfect love. You are One in the Holy Trinity that guides us and helps us to call Jesus Christ, Lord. We glorify You because You redeemed us on the cross, and filled us with Your kind Spirit that we may partake in the spread of Your kingdom on earth. Thus we praise You with all the worshipers on earth and in heaven, and call Jesus: “Lord”, to glorify Your Fatherly name, Amen.


  1. How could David speak about the two Lords?


Dear reader,
having read our comments on the Gospel of Christ according to Matthew in this booklet, you are now able to answer the following questions. If you answer 90% of the questions stated below, we will send you the next parts of this series for your edification. Please do not forget to include writing your full name and address clearly on the answer sheet.

  1. How did Jesus try to save the godly young man?
  2. Why is it nearly impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God?
  3. What is the promise specified for Jesus’ disciples?
  4. What is the secret of Christ’s reward?
  5. Why did Christ not escape when He knew what was waiting for Him in Jerusalem?
  6. How did John and James both become exceedingly proud?
  7. What is the meaning of His saying, “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve?”
  8. What does the title, “Son of David” signify?
  9. What can you understand from the prophecy of Zechariah?
  10. What can we learn from Christ’s entering into Jerusalem?
  11. Why did Christ cleanse God’s temple immediately after He entered Jerusalem?
  12. What is the difference between the chanting children in a temple and the angry chief priests and scribes?
  13. Why did Jesus curse the unfruitful fig tree?
  14. Why did the delegation of the chiefs of nation question Jesus as to His authority?
  15. Why did Jesus not declare His authority to the delegation of the Jewish Council?
  16. Why was the first son in Jesus’ parable better than his brother?
  17. What did you understand from the parable of the wicked vinedressers?
  18. What did you perceive from the parable of the cornerstone?
  19. What are the seven strange facts that can be found at the wedding of the Son of God?
  20. What is Caesar’s, and what is God’s?
  21. How did Jesus prove to the Sadducees the immorality of those living with God?
  22. How can we truly love God and men?
  23. How could David speak about the two lords?

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