Matthew 26:57-68 (NIV)
57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. 59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ ” 62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” 64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered. 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”
In this passage, Jesus’ response to the priest’s question, “Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God”, caught my attention. The first thing Jesus says is “You have said so”. In classic Jesus fashion, He sees the heart of man. Jesus’ response is like He’s saying to the priest ‘deep down you know who I am, but you fear this truth so you cannot acknowledge it’.
Jesus’ response continues as he says, “from now on you will see”. Jesus challenges the view they have of Him, saying that He will no longer be the accused who is forced to stand in front of man for judgement. Instead, it will be evident that He is the Messiah, the Son of God because He will be in the presence of the Father, seated in the place of highest honour.
This passage has reminded me again of the magnificence of who Christ is. That he is the Son of God, our Messiah, who is seated in the place of highest honour in the presence of God. I am confronted to consider times where, like the priest, I have questioned or perhaps not surrendered myself fully to this truth.
Lord, thank you that you are our Messiah, the Son of God. When I struggle to believe, please soften my heart, and help me to yield every part of my life to you. Amen.
Written by Ps Andrea Molteno