This is a continued sermon in our series on Matthew and the Passion Week of Jesus
57 Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. 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 end. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus 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 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 silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. 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 heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses 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 struck him. And some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?”
What does it mean that Jesus is referred to as the “Son of God” yet refers to Himself as the “Son of man?” What do these titles mean? Especially in light of the fact that Jesus is being accused of the crime of “Blasphemy?” Jesus answers Caiaphas in the affirmative; He is the “Son of God.” But he doesn’t end there, He reminds the High Priest of his own impending judgment by Jesus Himself. This is enough evidence to crucify Jesus for the crime of blasphemy, which is a man calling himself god. The trial itself is a mockery and Jesus is mocked by those in attendance. We also find that Peter is in attendance, but at a distance doing nothing to stop the injustice of this trial and the actions of the people against his master.
- What is the significance of Jesus being the “Son of God?”
- What does Jesus mean “the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven?”
- In what way would Jesus be able to destroy the temple and raise it in 3 days? Why is this important?
- Why doesn’t Jesus remained silent and didn’t defend Himself?