“But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” Jesus said, ‘I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.’ ” Mark 14:61-62
The chief Priests were so focused on finding grounds to condemn Jesus that they missed still more evidence that he actually was the Messiah, the Son of God.
The prophet Isaiah, hundreds of years before, wrote of the affliction of the Messiah with these words, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.” Isaiah 53:7
All through his trial Jesus was strangely quiet. The Priests found it frustrating. Later, Governor Pilate would find it unnerving. But this silence, like nearly everything Jesus had done in his years of service for mankind, was, in fact, a fulfillment of prophecy and, therefore, additional evidence that he was Heaven’s promised Savior.
It would not be a string of falsehoods, told by a roomful of liars, that would be the evidence the world would use to condemn our Savior. While Jesus had stood quietly in the face of all the untruths being spoken about him, letting the inherent weakness of the lies be his defense, when asked a direct question he answered simply, and honestly.
“Are you the Christ…?” “I am…”
Jesus’ proclamation that one day they “will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven”, doesn’t even make them hesitate. The only thing they can see is that he’s given them the evidence they need to condemn him.
Except, Jesus really is the Christ, the Son of the living God. So, while they can’t see it through the haze of their exultation, Jesus’ admission, combined with the mountain of ignored prophetic evidence, serves to ultimately make a case against the priests for their treatment of the Creator of the universe, Heaven’s beloved Son, and our Savior.
Jesus appears to be the one on trial but we must never forget that everything we do here on this sinful planet is being witnessed and recorded as evidence for our own trials. The chief Priests lost sight of that reality but Jesus final statement sounds a warning to them and to us if we, like they, will ignore and deny the evidence he’s given to prove himself to us.
“You will see…”