Jesus questioned the Pharisees about His identity. "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They replied, "The Son of David" (Matt. 22:42).
The identity of Messiah was critical, and their answer was correct but incomplete. The Scriptures had affirmed that Messiah would come and reign on the throne of His father David. But Jesus reminded them that though David would be Christ's ancestor, He would also be more - David referred to Him as "Lord".
Faced with a similar question, Peter rightly answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 16:16). Still today, the question of Jesus' identity rises above the rest in significance. And, it is eternally important that we make no mistake in understanding who He is. No mistake is more dangerous than mistaking the identity of Jesus.