Mark 14: 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Thank the Lord for what Jesus said here. He made a statement that’s important for us all. It’s a personal statement that is anchor for our salvation. What’s going on here? The Pharisees and Sanhedrin gathered that Good Friday morning to fulfill their desires to get rid of Jesus. He had upset their religious world. He was in their court. Their plans were to get rid of him before the night fell. This was a critical moment in Israel’s history, a critical moment for the entire world. The fate of Adam’s race was in Jesus’ hands that day. The statement he made gives us hope to know we can be saved. Jesus said I am. It wasn’t just a claim. He added to that and ye shall see. Those of us who are saved can testify to the fact. Jesus has shown us. If you don’t know it, you can. The fact is that whether we believe and follow him or not, one day every knee will bow and every tongue will admit that Jesus is the son of the living God. Many will do so and go to their reward; others will do so but to their eternal damnation.
Before Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin stood the one promised to Adam. Later he was promised to Abraham. They weren’t looking for Jesus. It had been 400 years since God had spoken to humanity. A rogue bunch of Pharisees took over the religious world and made a mess. When Jesus made himself known they immediately lit in on him because he upset their apple cart. That lets us know that being a religious person won’t get us to heaven. You must let Jesus be your Savior. You must be a real believer. They should have been expecting him. They should have believed; however, they were not willing to let their “order” go. Even if they actually did recognize him to be who he said they were not willing to let what they had created go. If we are to accept Jesus we must let go of our own thoughts and ways about things and realize we must accept what God says. Man had made a mess of God’s ways. We can make a mess of Christianity if we aren’t careful. We must remember that I’m not the head of this thing. You’re not the head of it. God is—the I AM that I AM.
Jesus yielded and allowed himself to be betrayed and taken by the mob. They thought they had the upper hand. They wore the big robes and acted like big wheels. We treat the Lord like that. We make up our mind about a certain thing and then put the Lord on trial. If he doesn’t do what we think he should we drop him. Beware. God always has the upper hand. It’s foolish to think otherwise. Though under interrogation, though he may have looked vulnerable, it was the other way around. Jesus may have had on dusty, worn-out clothes in the midst of the high and mighty robes of the others. He was still in charge. He was still ruling all things. When they hurled ridiculous questions at him, he didn’t bother to answer a thing. He won’t answer such ridiculousness. That’s what we do as we question him and put him on trial. Who are we to question the Lord? He has every reason to put the questions to us. There are many reasons to question me, but I have none to do the same to him. Jesus is not in our courtroom. We’re in his.
Jesus paid no attention to the questions of Caiaphas until he asked him the right one. He’ll answer when the question is right. Finally Caiaphas asked him art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? Only then did Jesus look him in the eye and answer. If you ask him that, he’ll answer you too. Notice that Jesus didn’t merely reply. He answered by simply pronouncing his everlasting name. He said I am. When Moses asked God who he should tell the people sent him, God said tell them I am. Jesus didn’t just say yes. He said I am and furthermore you’ll see that I am. There is only one way to say Bob. It’s Bob forwards; it’s boB backwards. It’s Bob up and down. There is one way to say Jesus: I AM! He’s our hope, our Deliverer, our King and Master. Why? His name says so!
Jesus said I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. That’s all we need to understand. I am: and ye shall see. Jesus told them he would sit on the throne. He would come in the clouds of heaven. He stood in the courtroom of humanity to show us I AM. He’ll give us victory because he’s the only one sitting at the right hand of power. I want Jesus to come and take me to heaven. I don’t want him coming to me in eternal retribution and judgment. I want him after me to save and help me.
Do you see him? Do you understand? Are you willing to let him put you in his court? What will you do with what you see? The future of your life can be altered by what you do.