“Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Mt 26:64)
This is the encounter between our Lord and the High Priest Caiaphas. It happened just hours before the Cross. Please read and meditate upon this scripture, for it is what the Lord said to him. Immediately Jesus said these words, the reaction of the High Priest was crazy. He accused the Lord of blasphemy and asked that He should die. This tells us that our Lord died because of His testimony, because of the truth, because of the Word of God. The lie seated on the throne killed the truth standing before it. What did Jesus say to warrant His death? Let’s take this scripture and analyze it word by word. Let’s imagine the scene. The Lord stands before Caiaphas who is seated on his seat as a High Priest. He is the religious judge of Israel. Initially Jesus kept silent. But then He spoke the words in verse 64. To make it easier to understand it, I will try to paraphrase the words of the Lord… I pray that the Holy Spirit helps you to see the glory, the grace, the humility, the wisdom, the beauty and the power of the Lord Jesus Christ even in this terrible situation, standing face to face with the man who sentenced Him to death.
“I am before you, High Priest Caiaphas. It is clear that you are blind to who I am. My Father has not opened your eyes to see Me. You are blind to My grace and to My glory. But I tell you that one day, you shall see Me as I Am, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Then you, and all the ones who pierced Me, shall weep like one weeps for the death of an only son. For what your eyes will see then, will only bring you bitter sorrow and tormenting regret.
You are seated on your high chair. You make me stand before you, bound like a common prisoner, like a slave, wanting me to defend Myself before you. Let it be so for now… but I tell you that one day things shall be reversed… I shall be the One seated on My Throne and you shall stand before Me. Your very life will depend on my word. It will be too late to beg that day. A man without mercy shall receive no mercy. By rejecting Me now, you reject your only hope of eternal life.
I stand before you weak and vulnerable. That is why you feel confident that you can kill me. I want to show you that the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. I am here on behalf of love and truth. I am here to lay down My life so that My friends can live. High Priest Caiaphas, no man can kill me. I lay down My life of My own accord. I also have the power to take it up again. On the third day I shall rise to the glory of the Father. No man or devil can stop My resurrection. For now I am weak… But one day things shall be reversed. I shall be seated at the right hand of the Power of God who is My Father.
I am alone now. My friends are weak and ran away and I am not willing to call the angels for My defense. For the will of God and the purpose of My death must be accomplished. I have to go to the Cross alone. Salvation of souls must be purchased by Me alone. No man can help Me now. This is My work alone. This is My glory alone. But one day, you shall see Me coming back with the clouds of heaven, with the entourage of millions of saints and the innumerable companies of angels. But for now, let it be so. Love must pay the price with Blood. For love is as strong as death. My suffering shall end in glory. My story shall be told and retold, in heaven and on earth, how the Lamb of God loved and died for the sake of love. That shall be the sound of a new song. For now, I am the only One who hears it…but one day millions shall sing it in a choir that will make heaven rejoice… That is the everlasting spring of all true worship. He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches…”