Today's verses are Mark 14:61,62: "But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, 'Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, 'I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.'" The high priest is pressing Jesus as false charges have been brought against him. But Jesus remains silent. There is a time to be silent. There is a time when you need say nothing. People may be saying negative things about you. You may be misunderstood. All the defending of yourself possible will do no good. You can only allow God to defend you. You can only remain silent. That's what Jesus did here.
But the high priest then assumes the role of the prosecutor amidst Jesus' silence. Since the testimonies of the witnesses don't match and since Jesus is silent, the high priest asks Jesus the most important question in the universe: "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" It could be the high priest drew this question from Jesus' own public teaching in the temple ( see Mark 12:1-12; 35-37). In this earlier time, Jesus clearly claimed to be the Son of God of Israel and the Messiah, the Lord over David. In answering the high priest, he proclaims equality and honor with God the Father by saying "I am," the Jewish name for Yahweh. Then he takes a Messianic psalm (Psalm 110:1) and quotes from Daniel 7:13,14 to predict that he, the Son of man, will sit at the right hand of the Father and return one day in the clouds of heaven.
Is there any way anyone can deny Jesus thought he was the long-awaited Jewish Messiah? Can anyone doubt he saw himself as equal with God the Father? Can anyone deny that Jesus saw himself at the right hand of God the Father, the position of all influence and power, and one day he'd return to judge the entire world of its sin? He even said that those judging him would one day see him judging them.
Either Jesus was crazy. Or perhaps he was lying to us. Or perhaps Jesus told this wrongly to Peter in a resurrection appearance who later gave it to Mark? Or maybe the early church made it up and inserted it into Mark's narrative?
Yet Jesus' teachings give sanity to the insane. He was a Jewish man committed the law of God which includes not bearing false witness. How could Peter have misheard something so important? Why would the church make something like this up, especially an early church formed by committed Jews committed to the law of God which clearly stated they should never bear false witness, that they should never lie?
Or maybe this is exactly what Jesus said. Maybe he is God in human flesh who came to earth to die for the forgiveness of our sin. Maybe he rules the universe right now sitting at the right hand of the Father, a soon coming King who will return in the clouds. If it is, if Jesus really did say this to the high priest, it's the most important statement he ever made. If he said it, he demands out total allegiance to him as Lord and Savior. He demands our entire lives, souls, our all!
What will you do with this Jesus?
Your answer to this question will determine your eternal destiny.