Caiaphas said, “I command you by authority of the living God to say if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus was curt: “you yourself said it” (Matthew 26:63,64 THE MESSAGE).
In Your Bible: Matthew 26:63, 64; Mark:1-5; Luke 23:1-16; John 18:12-14 and 33, 34.
During the time of his trial before the high priest and governors, the words Jesus did not say, were as important as those he did! He’d spoken openly for years, why arrest him now? The words he now said dumbfounded the Jewish officials.
Before the High Priest
Several people were brought to give false testimony, but that failed to convince Caiaphas. The chief priest said, “I command you by authority of the living God to say if you are the Messaiah, the Son of God.” Jesus was curt: “You yourself said it. And that is not all. Soon you will see it for yourself: The Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Mighty One, arriving on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:63, 64 THE MESSAGE).
Pilot asked Jesus, if he was the King of the Jews. Jesus replied, Is that your own question, or have others told you about me?” (John 18:33, 34 Eyewitness)
Jesus told the Jewish high priest little more than he told the Roman officials who had authority to kill him.
Application: Jesus did not argue the absurd case against him. He knew his time on earth would soon come to an end. This was the next step.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the witness of Jesus and his steadfast willingness to follow your path to the cross.
Question: If you were accused of a crime you didn’t commit, how would you respond to false accusations during your trial? What would you expect Jesus to say at his trial? What was his crime?