When Jesus is questioned, truth is revealed. Throughout the gospels, Jesus states that He is several things and our aim is to look at these statements and find out better who Jesus is. At a moment when the hinges of the salvation plan hang in the balance, a question is offered to Jesus that could turn the tables. Today we are going to look at that question.
In Mark 14, the death of Jesus was imminent. He goes before the Sanhedrin and chief priests and they begin falsely testifying against him. Their stories don’t match up and the high priest takes notice of this. They need something, any testimony that can entrap Jesus to the cross. The entire time Jesus remains silent even when given the chance to defend himself. Then the high priest asks Jesus a question that He cannot ignore. He asks Him, “Are you the Christ?”, (Mark 14:61).
To this question, Jesus has but one answer, “I am”, he replies in Mark 14:62. He has testfied and proved he is the Christ, he is the Messiah and Savior. At this, the high priest calls this blasphemy and this is what sends him to the cross.
When we look at Jesus’ testimony that he is the Christ and the Son of God, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this. Earlier in Matthew 16, Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ and he condones Peter for his confession. But what does it mean that Jesus is Christ?
This means that Jesus is the fulfillment of all the Scriptures. Matthew 5:17 states, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” Jesus came to be the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets, the entire Bible until he himself comes.
The promise of salvation rings true if Jesus is the Christ. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life”. God gave His Son so that we could believe and have life. With Jesus’ true confession, we know He is this promised Son, and that He gives life.
With the confession of Jesus being the Christ, the fulfillment of life is secure. Jesus is many things and we are certainly glad that He is the Messiah.