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The Judges will be Judged

July 20, 2015

JudgeWhen Jesus stood trial before the ruling body of Israel, the High Priest demanded Jesus answer, “Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” The High Priest knew the Messiah, the promised deliverer and coming king, would also be the Son of God. The leaders of Israel were familiar with Jesus’ claim.Though they did not believe His claims, no one doubted that Jesus professed to be the Messiah and the Son of God. To that question Jesus gives a powerful answer.

For Jesus to have remained silent would have been viewed as a denial of His Deity. Jesus did not remain silent. To the priest’s question Jesus first said, “I am.” I am exactly who I claimed to be. I am the Messiah. I am the Son of God. I am the promised One sent to deliver you from sin. Those who say Jesus never claimed to be God have no foundation in the Bible. Here Jesus declares, under solemn oath before God, on trial for His life, before the leaders of Israel and in no uncertain terms that He is the Messiah and the Son of God. “I am” exactly who you have accused me of being.

That answer is sufficient to declare Jesus’ deity, but it is not the fulness of the answer. Jesus went further and applied to Himself two passages from the Old Testament that foretold of the Messiah and declared His Deity. In Psalm 110:1 it says, “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool.” This verse is in fact the most often quoted Messianic prophecy in the New Testament. Jesus applies it to Himself. Peter applies it to Jesus on the day of Pentecost. The books of Ephesians and Hebrews both allude to this as fulfilled in Jesus after His resurrection. Jesus claimed to be the God of David, the God of the Old Testament.

He also claimed to be the Son of Man who will return in judgment and victory. Daniel 7:13-14 says, I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Did Jesus ever claim to be God? Yes! A resounding, powerful yes. He claimed it repeatedly throughout His ministry and He declares it again at the most solemn of moments. He announces He is God though He knows it will bring on Him the wrath and judgment of the Sanhedrin.

Jesus does more than just declare He is God. He declares He is the One who will hold these judges under judgment. They will stand accused and condemned by the one they now accuse and condemn. Though Jesus is the defendant on trial before these unjust judges, He binds them over to a higher court where they will receive eternal condemnation. He tells them there is coming a time when the judges would be judged and the condemners be condemned. Jesus is God, the God who reigns eternally and the God who will judge all men.


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