Having thwarted every attack His enemies could muster against Him, Jesus turns the tables by asking them a question.  This one was very simple, and they give the correct answer.  “Whose son is Christ?”  They rightly reply, “The son of David.”  This was very plainly foretold, both to David himself, and also by several of the succeeding prophets.

But then Jesus utterly nonpluses them by referring them to another portion of Messianic scripture, where David calls the Messiah his Lord.  This is found in Psalm 110:1, a passage so plainly prophetic of the Messiah that neither Jew nor Christian should conceive of it meaning anything else.  There, Jehovah God says to Adonai God, “Sit Thou on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy foot stool.”  This raises a question so perplexing that Christ’s enemies were put to shame when He posed it: “If David then call Him Lord, how is He his son?”

The answer itself was plain enough, but the enemies of Christ knew it would condemn them were they to render an honest response.  For the King Messiah to be both the Son of David, and also the glorious Being enthroned at the right hand of Jehovah, He must be both Son of God and Son of man.  He must, in fact, be both God and man, joined in one unique person.  This greatly embarrassed all the enemies of Christ, who were well aware of His descent from David, and His claim to be the Son of God.  Unwilling to admit this before the public, they held their peace, their consciences so seared that even when utterly defeated, they could not admit that this Jesus was the Redeemer of Israel.  Instead, they lapsed into silence, afraid to ask Him any more questions, and probably hoping against hope that He would ask them none.  Had they known what words Jesus was about to address to the multitudes, they might rather have come up with any question at all rather than hear the scathing denunciations that would soon flow from the Saviour’s lips.