Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, "Well, aren't you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?" But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?"
Jesus said, "I Am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God's right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven."
— Mark 14:60-62 NLT
Jesus' only response — and it is not a defense of himself, but a warning to those who think him an enemy — is that he is the Messiah and that he will return in power from God after they have done what they want with him. Many were convinced Jesus was evil:
- Those who absorbed in killing him, thinking they could get him out of the way and silenced.
- Those who were sure it was better that he die than the nation and people of Israel be misled and destroyed.
- Those in power jealousy protecting their position s and power.
- Those who sure, today, that Jesus was just a deluded man thinking he was the Messiah and deceiving the people.
Each group will see Jesus when he comes in glory. For those of us who long for his return, that will be a day of glorious joy. For those who opposed him and do not know him, that will be a day of unrivaled sorrow. Jesus gives us a powerful example of courage in the face of trial. He reminds us that we don't need to prepare what we will say when we face trials, but that he will be with us and the Holy Spirit will give us the right words to say. Most of all, those who trust in Jesus as their Lord will share in his victory.
O Father, may Jesus come soon. Until the day he returns, please use me to serve others and help them to come to believe in him. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.