57 Then those who had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had assembled.
58 And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the result.
59 Now the chief priests and the whole Council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death,
60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward
61 and they said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.'”
62 And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”
63 But Jesus remained quiet. And the high priest said to him, “I charge you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
64 Jesus said to him, “You have spoken. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of the sky.”
65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has committed blasphemy. What further testimonies do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy.
66 What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.”
67 Then they spit in his face and hit him. And some slapped him,
68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that hit you?”
what others think
Those who had heard Jesus’ prediction recorded in John 2:19-21 would have known it was not about the Jerusalem temple, so Jesus saw no reason to correct the accusation. He knew it would be a waste of time. Instead, he gave his accusers all the ammunition they wanted. He not only admitted that he is the Messiah, but he spoke of …
- his present authority (“seated at the right hand of Power”)
- and his glorious future (“coming on the clouds of the sky”).
Though the world reject him, they cannot change his status before his Father, nor his destiny as the coming king.
Like our Savior, we also will face rejection and betrayal in this life. We should not worry too much about that rejection, for the same reasons. What other people think about you does not change what God thinks about you. What other people think about us does not change our destiny. We should believe in ourselves. Our Father does.
LORD, keep our eyes focused on you, and protect us from doubting ourselves as recipients of your grace, and heirs of your promises.