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Focus Verses: Matthew 26:63-66
...Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you
under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son
of God." 64"
Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In
the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the
Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." 65
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has spoken
blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard
the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?" "He is worthy of death," they answered.
Jesus did not believe himself to be the Christ and Son of God, or had
he been misunderstood, or misrepresented, his trial before the high
priest would have been the perfect time for him to set the record
straight. Instead of backing away from the questions about his identity
and deity, Jesus said, "Yes, I am the Christ. And you will see me in
my glory at the right hand of God the Father."
clear that the high priest and the assembly understood Jesus' answer
to be boldfaced claims to deity and Messiahship. They considered his
words to be blasphemy and the grounds for execution.
Response and Action:
believe Jesus' claim to be the Son of God. I accept his authority. I
believe he has risen from the dead, he has ascended into heaven and
is seated at the Father's right hand, where he lives and reigns with
the Holy Spirit and the Father, one God now and forever. He will come
again to judge the living and the dead, and his Kingdom will have no
Thank you, O God, for
Jesus, your Son who came to live among us, full of grace and truth.
Help me to grow in my relationship with him. Help me to follow him
wherever he leads. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: John 20:30-31
30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
The Incomparable Christ
by John R. W. Stott