“Early the next morning at daybreak the Jewish Supreme Court assembled, including the chief priests and all the top religious authorities of the nation. Jesus was led before this Council and instructed to state whether or not he claimed to be the Messiah.
But he replied, “If I tell you, you won’t believe me or let me present my case. But the time is soon coming when I, the Messiah, shall be enthroned beside Almighty God.”
They all shouted, “Then you claim you are the Son of God?”
And he replied, “Yes, I am.”
“What need do we have for other witnesses?” they shouted. “For we ourselves have heard him say it.”
These leaders tried Jesus for religious offenses such as calling himself the Son of God, which, according to law, was blasphemy. The trial was fixed: These religious leaders had already decided to kill Jesus (Luke 22:2).
Jesus, in effect, agreed with the high priest’s words that Jesus was the Son of God by saying, “Yes, I am.” Jesus identified himself with God by using a familiar title for God found in the Old Testament: “I Am” (Exodus 3:14). The high priest recognized Jesus’ claim and accused him of blasphemy. For any other human this claim would have been blasphemy, but in this case it was true.
Blasphemy, the sin of claiming to be God or of attacking God’s authority and majesty in any way, was punishable by death. The Jewish leaders had the evidence they wanted. The one man in all of history for whom they had been looking and waiting stood in their midst, and told them who he was, and they chose to kill him.
Jesus is standing with us today; he is the answer to what all humanity needs and desires. Unfortunately, many decide to crucify him rather than fall to their knees in worship.