The Ultimate Question

Matthew 26:63-64 “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.’ ‘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.’”

Who is Jesus? That, finally, is the real issue, isn’t it? Jesus had asked his disciples the same question when Peter had replied with the wonderful confession, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

It wasn’t just the disciples who understood Jesus’ claims. Some people today say that Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah or God’s Son. But even his enemies understood that this is what he claimed. Though they didn’t believe it, the fact that they understood it gives evidence that Jesus truly is.

Even more convincing was Jesus’ own testimony. “Yes it is as you say.” Even more evidence, these same men would one day see him sitting at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.

That will be clear when Jesus returns for judgment. “Every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father,” the Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2. But the evidence would become clear in just three days. Jesus would rise from the dead. The resurrection is a demonstration of his power as God’s Son. It is a demonstration that he sits at the right hand of the Mighty One. This is not a physical location in heaven. God is a spirit. He has no physical right hand. The resurrection proves Jesus power, the power of God himself. Even these men would be able to “see” what happened. The evidence says Jesus is God.

That truth could easily be lost as we follow Jesus through his suffering and death. He doesn’t look divine on trial before the high priest, or later in Pilate’s court. He doesn’t look very God-like as he is beaten, bullied, and bloodied. He doesn’t look very God-like as he breaths his last from the cross.  But this is no ordinary man on trial and facing death. This is our God, and because he is, we know he is our Savior, too.

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