Wednesday March 16- Messiah? More Than You Can Imagine…
Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.
Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
Here it is. If Jesus testifies against himself, they don’t need the eyewitnesses. How does Jesus react?
But Jesus was silent and made no reply.
Jesus takes the fifth. The high priest is not going to outthink the most brilliant person who ever lived.
Now it’s time to change tactics.
Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
Now, it is not against the law to claim you are the Messiah. It might be delusional but it is allowed. There were self-proclaimed Messiahs before this, but, none panned out. If Jesus says, “Yes,” it’s not enough to convict him.
Judas of Galilee
When Jesus is a little boy
Sephoris- rebellion where 2000 are crucified
But , it is enough for the Romans. To say you are the Messiah means you are claiming to at least be the King of the Jews. If Caiaphas can get Jesus to say he is the Messiah, the king of the Jews, then he can hand Jesus over to the Romans and charge him with rebellion. There is no king but Caesar…
But, he doesn’t say, “Yes.” He blows the top off of everything he did before.
For one day, don’t try to get your way? How did it go?