Matthew 22:34-46 | The Greatest Commandment
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’
The Question about David’s Son
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: ‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
“The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet’ ”?
If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
...Because when we seek to love God above all things, by putting God first in our lives we see all kinds of amazing things happen. We begin to know a God of grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness. We begin to discover a God who relentlessly seeks us out over and over again through the ancient stories of scripture and through our history of the Christian church. When we learn that we have been set free by God in Christ Jesus we are liberated to serve the world and those in need, not because God desires it for our salvation, but because our neighbors need to be liberated from forces like poverty, disease, despair, hunger and imprisonment.
And if you ask me, those are the most important parts of our Reformation movement. So as we look back at 500 years of re-forming the church, I pray that we might look forward as well, into the future and see that the animating power of these two central laws – love God and love neighbor – as it continues to reform us, into a church that is wildly in love with the creator of all things and seeks to care for our neighbors in need around us. Because until the day that we are formed into community around one table, there is re-form work to be done. As long as there are neighbors who go without a place to live or food on the table, there is re-form work to be done. As long as the sick and tired long for rest and healing, there is re-form work to be done. May the Spirit continue to equip and empower the church and the saints for this reforming work for the next 500 years.