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35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.”’37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly. – Mark 12:35-37

Sometimes our perceptions can be so limited – so incomplete and so inaccurate. Unfortunately, these perceptions say a lot about us. They often determine what we believe and how we act. But, what a great moment it is when our eyes are opened to greater things and our minds expand to perceive more than we knew before. This can bring us tremendous joy.

In Mark 12:35-37, Jesus expands his follower’s perception. They had one idea of a warrior king promised to come from the lineage of David. They thought he was coming to conquer Rome and establish Israel. But, when Jesus quotes Psalm 110, he brings awareness to not only his human lineage, but to his divine power and authority. Even though his title ‘Son of David’ was accurate and commonly used, he was so much more. Jesus reminded them that he was Lord, King of the Universe, Creator of all and the Victorious Conqueror over his enemies. He didn’t come to establish an earthly empire but to bring humans to God. He did this by living as a servant of God, demonstrating love and compassion.

David acknowledged one Lord and God over him in Psalm 110:1. Like David, we recognize Jesus humbled himself when he came to this earth to die for the sins of humankind. Now, we can ask God to open our eyes to see more of who Jesus is and what he wants to do in our lives. But, this takes humility and a willingness to change our perception. Today, write or sing a song of praise to the Creator God of the Universe, King of Kings, recognizing his Lordship over you.[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text 0=””]

By Donna Burns  

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