I am


December 2015 (6)Mark 14:61-64

61 But he remained silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of power,[1] and coming with the clouds of heaven.”[2] 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “Why are we still looking for witnesses? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.

I am

All during the ordeal of his accusations – when the religious officials were trying to find some consistent testimony to condemn him – Jesus remained silent. But now the high priest asked him point blank who he really is. The first words out of his mouth were the words which linked him to his eternal Father in the sky. He is the “I am.” His is the same voice who answered Moses when Moses wanted to know what name he should use for God before the Israelites. He has answered that question, and the world keeps asking it, because only children of the sky Father will accept his answer.

Jesus also prophesied that one day the question will be answered by a demonstration of his ultimate authority and identity. He will return to this earth and set up his throne to reign. The high priest could not accept that answer as truth, thus saw it as proof of blasphemy. He was right in this sense: either Jesus will return and fulfill his promise or he was a blasphemous heretic. Either Jesus will return, or he is not the Christ.

LORD, give us confidence in your return because we trust who you really are.

[1] Psalm 110:1.

[2] Daniel 7:13.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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