Mark 12:35-40

Jesus teaches the people about the Messiah

35 Jesus was teaching people in the yard at God's Great House. He said, ‘The teachers of God's Law say that the Messiah is King David's son. What do you think about that? 36 The Holy Spirit helped David himself to say:

12:35The Messiah was a special person that the Jews were waiting for. They believed that God would send him to save them.
12:36See Psalm 110:1

“The Lord said to my Lord:

Sit at my right side until I beat your enemies completely.

You will even be able to put your feet on them.”

12:36In this verse the first time that David says ‘Lord’ he is talking about God. The second time that he says ‘Lord’ he is talking about Jesus, the Messiah.

37 In these words, David himself calls the Messiah his Lord. So can you really say that he is just David's son?’

12:37Jesus explained a very important fact to the teachers of God's Law. Jesus is a man but he is also God.

The large crowd liked to listen to the things that Jesus was saying. It made them happy.

38 While Jesus was teaching the people, he said, ‘Be careful not to do the same as the teachers of God's Law. They want people to think that they are important. So they walk about in beautiful long clothes. They like people to praise them in the market place. 39 They want to sit in the best seats in the meeting places. They choose the most important places at special meals. 40 But these men take things away from women after their husbands have died, even their houses. Then they pray for a long time so that other people will praise them. Because they do these things, God will punish those men much more than other people.’